If God is love then why did He tell the children of Israel, “Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man” (Numbers 31:17). This verse along with many other verses out of the Old and New Testament atheist use to supplant the love of God for their own misguided interpretation. Furthermore, they have concluded that all religions are evil being the cause of numerous wars and atrocities inflicted upon their fellow man. Then atheists typically conclude their argument by stating if God is love then why does He allow all the evil in the world. As we near the end of time atheists have become arrogantly emboldened while most believers remain silent. I often wonder if this silence is caused by fear or the believer’s lack of biblical knowledge. Let’s remember dear children that He who is in us is stronger than he who is in the world. (See I John 4:4) It’s past time to take our stand against the foolishness of this world by wielding the sword of the Spirit with all truth from His anointed Word.
Atheists are masters at cutting and slicing up God’s Holy Word to mean whatever they want to prove. Almost nothing is put into its proper context nor is the overarching Spirit of the Bible understood. If we take this verse in Numbers for example we discover that the wider context sheds light on the proper meaning. If God is truly holy, which He is then it’s absolutely essential that any contact with His created beings must also be brought into a state of holiness. The only way this could be accomplished would be to separate them from a very evil world without actually taking them out of the world. Step by step the Hebrew’s were given a set of commandments to govern all of life to separate them from the evil practices of those around them. In time the Hebrews would become the Nation of Israel and a light for the entire world and a voice for the living God. However, as they entered the land bridge that would eventually separate the East from the West there were people living there who practiced evil beyond imagination. Moreover, the women specifically were leading God’s children astray reversing all that God had completed in their hearts. (See Numbers 31:15-16) It was only through God’s gracious love did He command that the young girls who had never slept with a man to be kept alive, because there was still opportunity to show them the path of righteousness with a lesser probability of leading God’s children astray.
God’s love is proved by two great principles: first, He was dealing with evil in the world for which the atheist claim that He ignores; and secondly, He was preparing a holy people to be a bright light in a very dark world and make preparation to receive the Son of Righteousness who would take away the sins of the world. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Therefore, God’s solution for the evil in the world is to change evil people into holy people by making them into a new creation through faith in His Son Jesus Christ. (See II Corinthians 5:17) Oh, what an awesome work the Lord has undertaken to solve the problem of evil in the world. There are countless stories that the hardest of gangsters have been made into beautiful new people serving and demonstrating God’s love to others. Day by day thousands the world over have been gathered into a harvest of righteousness changing the direction of a whole nation not by diplomacy or warfare but through God’s gracious love. It has completely escaped the mind of the atheist that all the evil in this world who has not accepted God’s gracious gift of love are storing up for themselves the wrath of God. Millions have died broken and defeated lives for rejecting His love. They have sunk deeper and deeper into their iniquity experiencing the full wrath of God and eternal damnation.
Yes, God is actively dealing with an evil world and giving an extra measure of grace to His children to stand firm against all ruthlessness. God’s true children have not instigated the wars that have ravaged the world, but have always acted as instruments of peace. On the other hand, many wars have been waged in the name of religion slaughtering millions of innocent people. From the early so called Christian popes to the Muslim hordes to Hitler’s perverted Christianity it is agreed that Satan has led many religious people to do horrific things in the name of God. The true believer in Christ can see clearly that Satan has always been behind all these evil atrocities. Through it all God’s love continues to change people allowing them to be living receptacles of His love to a dying world. If Satan can no longer lead religious people into war then he raises up the heathen to become devout atheist who lead entire countries to slaughter millions and cruelly torture thousands of our brothers and sisters in the Lord. As the voice of the martyrs scream to be heard in our day from Communist and Muslim countries God’s grace has been sufficient to help them stand firm and pray for their tormentors. Again, there are countless stories were the most evil and vile tormentor was changed by the love of God. Praise the living Lord who has overthrown entire nations by His great love. Tertullian aptly wrote: “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” Let us pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). How magnificent is the love of God experienced so bountifully in the life of every true believer in Christ. God is love! (See I John 4:16)
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