Is God good?
For decades, if not centuries, the assumption has been that God is good. He is the creator of all things, the redeemer of sinful man, and the good force in the universe that battles the evil forces of Satan and his demons.
However, an increasingly skeptical generation is rising up. While this increased skepticism may alarm some Christians, a sincere search for the truth will not only quench the thirst of the skeptics, but will also deepen their faith, as knowing why you believe something endows you with a faith strong enough to endure the hardest temptations.
The skeptic looks at a broken world full of suffering and questions whether a truly good God could allow such. However, if we only evaluate God by the current conditions of this world, a work that is still very much in progress, then our perception will be skewed.
The fact is that while God created the world, not everything in the world is of God’s doing. God created a perfect world, a perfect environment, and a life for man with no suffering.
And God’s gift to man was the gift of life. To fully understand the gift of life, let’s take a look at Genesis 2:7, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
This concept of life includes a certain consciousness, a sense of self-awareness, a certain creativity, a problem solving ability, and the desire and ability to create beauty.
This concept of life includes a certain freedom, the freedom to choose one’s destiny and will.
To lock in that freedom, God placed the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. Man was warned that eating of that tree would amount to rebellion against God and death. More on that in a moment.
The life God gave was one of freedom, creativity, consciousness, intellect, problem solving, engineering, art, beauty, music and progress. All of this is birthed from the life God gave, and the life God breathed into man’s nostrils.
Man is capable of all of this because God made him a living soul.
So, everything good we enjoy about life, whether it be music, art, sports, or entertainment, springs forth from the life God gave us. Everything good we accomplish, from building things, business, to medical advancements, comes from the life God gave us.
And God intended on us doing these good things with the life He gave us, which is why He told Adam to keep and dress the Garden, meaning that God’s intention for man was to make his perfect creation even better.
As Genesis 2:15 says, “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
So, everything good you enjoy in life comes from the life God gave, thus everything good in life comes from God, because He is good.
As James 1:17 says, “Every very good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
So, seeing that God’s creation is good, and seeing that the gifts He gives is good, then we can conclude that God is good. Jesus Christ said that there is none good but God.
So what about the suffering? We did that on our own. God created the perfect world and gave us a perfect life, but in sinning against Him, we broke it. Not only that, but we continually perpetuate the suffering by sinning against each other.
So God is not the source of what’s bad in the world, we are. God is good, but we are not. But praise be to God, He can take all of our badness and turn it into good, and He does that continually (Romans 8:28)
So, God is good. The life He gave is good. The gifts He gives through that life is good. Therefore He is worthy of our faith – we should trust Him all the more.