One thing most atheists have in common is that they all ask this same question: They all wonder, “If God is so loving, then why is there evil in the world”? It’s not even just a question reserved from our atheistic friends, anymore. Some Christians might be asking the same thing. I’ve heard people ask with a smirk, “If God is so good, why is evil in the world. They conclude, that since evil (sin) exists then God must not exist. What if we were to reverse the question? Let’s ask, “Since evil (sin) is so rampant, why is there goodness (righteousness) in the world? We all agree that there is goodness, right? We have seen it. Should we conclude that evil must not exist? No. It should be evident that the existence of one extreme (evil) does not exclude the existence of the other (righteousness). Reality is that God exists, and the other extreme exists too.
One of the evilest things that does exist is also one of the seven things that God hates.
Number Three: God hates hands that shed innocent blood
This hateful sin was right there in the beginning (Genesis 4). The sixth commandment tells us, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13). The Bible also says, “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1 John 3:15).
There are many ways that someone might be guilty of shedding innocent blood. Maybe a drunk driver strikes and kills someone else in another car. Perhaps, someone gets so full of rage that they hurt and kill another person. One obvious way is the shedding of innocent blood via an abortion. While I don’t think I have to convince you that these are all wrong, sinful, and evil actions, I do believe it is essential to remind you that figuratively murder can be committed in many ways. You can murder your wife, your children and your friends by the poisonous venom of hatred and bitterness. Not all murderers have been through the courts and convicted. In our world only those that kill the body are punished by the law (with the exception of murdering unborn babies). SMH. The Bible also says that you can strike someone with your tongue (Jeremiah 18:18). You can even kill another person’s reputation. God hates when we choose to do this evil. God hates the shed of innocent blood.
I have not ever murdered anyone… but I bet I have shed innocent blood before by hurting someone that did not deserve what I just put them through. I’m guilty of what God hates… are you?
More to come…
I love you,