Day after day, stabbings, bombings, shootings fill news headlines.
Stone-faced reporters recount the details of gruesome attacks, share the faces and names of the terrorists behind them.
The horror leaves many of us asking: "Why?"
"Why does God let this happen?" "Why does such evil exist?" "If He's so powerful, why are Christians dying at the hands of cruel and wicked men?"
Evangelist Billy Graham has an answer:
Let me ask you a question: If God somehow took all the "bad" people out of the world, how many would be left? Not very many, I'm afraid—because we all have within us the capacity to do bad things (even if we don't like to admit it).
In fact, if God actually applied His perfect standard to the human race, no one would be left—because His standard is nothing less than perfection. You see, we all have within us a spiritual disease—a disease the Bible calls sin. At times, it overwhelms some people, and they become moral and spiritual monsters, oppressing and killing vast numbers of people. Most of us aren't like that—but we still are filled with jealousy, envy, anger and a host of other evils. The Bible rightly says, "There is none righteous, no, not one" (Rom. 3:10b).
But the Bible tells us an amazing truth: In spite of our sin, God still loves us! If He didn't love us, we'd have no hope; He might even do exactly what you suggested and destroy us all. But we can have hope—and the reason is because God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to make our forgiveness possible.
Someday, we will know peace—when Christ comes again to establish His kingdom. But in the meantime, God offers us the gift of His salvation—and it becomes ours as we reach out and by faith and ask Jesus Christ to cleanse us and forgive us. Turn to Christ and commit your life to Him today.
Jessilyn Justice is the director of online news for Charisma. Born and raised in a pastor's family in Alabama, she attended Lee University and the Washington Journalism Center. She's passionate about sharing God's goodness through storytelling. Tell her what you think of this story on Twitter @jessilynjustice.
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