Serious Question Demanding an Answer

“If God is all-knowing, then why would He create someone like a dangerous psychopath, for example, whom He knows is going to be very destructive and hurt/traumatize many people? Wouldn’t it be better if that person had never been born? If they’d never been born, there never would have been any victims of theirs. And if everyone has a purpose, what is that destructive person’s purpose? Even if their purpose is to teach something to someone else, then isn’t it still unfair to the victims, who otherwise would have had nothing to do with that person? And wouldn’t it have even been better for the psychopath, as well, if they’d never been born, since most of them (the violent/destructive ones, at least) probably will not make it into Heaven?”

Your question is valid and has been repeated, and continues to be repeated with regularity every day. The ‘pat’ answer is, “Sin is the answer.” However, there is a much better answer found in Scripture. Actually, the answer concerns God at every level of our simple ability to understand HIm. The answer is NOT about us, but about Him alone. For this reason we must begin with His Word.

“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful But all did not obey the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our message? So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ. But I ask, “Did they not hear?” Yes, they did: Their voice has gone out to all the earth,and their words to the ends of the inhabited world.” Romans 10:13-18 HCSB.

The answer to your question is found in the Gospel Message and can only be heard by those who make the proclamation of the same. The basis of your question is, “And if everyone has a purpose, what is that destructive person’s purpose?” The purpose for every person is found in the heart of God, “Dear friends, don’t let this one thing escape you: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance. But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief; on that day the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, the elements will burn and be dissolved, and the earth and the works on it will be disclosed. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, it is clear what sort of people you should be in holy conduct and godliness as you wait for and earnestly desire the coming of the day of God. The heavens will be on fire and be dissolved because of it, and the elements will melt with the heat. But based on His promise, we wait for the new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will dwell.” 2 Peter 3:8-13. Remember, the answer you seek is about Him alone and NOT about you or me.

The Reformation introduced the idea of 5 solas, but this was but an introduction not really having to do anything with the Reformation as such; at least, NOT in the way we may see John Calvin and Calvinism. 

  1. Faith Alone
  2. Scripture Alone
  3. Christ Alone
  4. Grace Alone
  5. Glory to God Alone

In summation to your question of purpose, these 5 Solas relate to God alone, His purpose alone. However, there is much more to be added, but this statement found in Isaiah 55:6-11, “Seek the Lord while He may be found;call to Him while He is near. Let the wicked one abandon his way and the sinful one his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, so He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will freely forgive. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,and your ways are not My ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration. “For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth and making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.”

I hope this helps.

Jesus is Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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2 Responses to Serious Question Demanding an Answer

  1. No it doesn’t help. It’s the same old, “God will reveal all in the hereafter.” Even though He created the world and everything in it. For some unknown reason, He can’t give you an explanation in the here and now. For some reason, it has to be a mystery.

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    • Because God is Creator and the Author of the Bible, we cannot expect Him to be required of us, the created, to do what we want Him to do. He wrote the rules and defined the boundaries…

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