This is such a convicting message. I do not think it answers the logical problem of evil, but it does provide a perspective that is desperately needed today. We’re too busy complaining about how God doesn’t do this or that but just who the heck do you think you are? What are YOU doing to help others? I’ll tell you what the problem here is: you are NOT a good person, no one is (Romans 3:10). I always see these pictures of starving children, only to find that God is blamed while people go purchase a BMW or a shiny new TV screen. If humanity was as “good” as society thinks it to be, there’d be no problem of evil. We have had CENTURIES of time to correct this problem but even with all our knowledge and resources, we have had nothing to show for it. Humans like to compare themselves to others, particularly when it comes to their “moral values’. Look, if your goodness is based on how you are NOT Hitler then your moral understanding is as stupid as someone who judges their running performance by how quickly they outrun toddlers.
Don’t be naive. First, educate yourself in what good and evil is. It all starts with the conscience, but that has been willfully corrupted by society today. Mankind is skilled in the art of self-deception. It’s easy for a person to not see their own corruption when their corruption has become their justification. What was once known to be wrong is excused in the name of happiness, pleasure, and rights. Sadly, I think too many are unwilling to educate themselves on these matters because they really don’t care if it is wrong or not. Which leads me to my second point: examine yourself. Don’t compare yourself to the standards of the world, compare yourself to God’s standard. Even those without God’s law, such as Aristotle, have recognized the intrinsic sinfulness of lust, envy, pride, and every sort of evil that is regarded as good today. How do students respond? They complain it is impossible to follow because the mean requires us to do the right thing in the right circumstances to the right people. They don’t raise intellectual objections, instead they reject it because that standard of perfection is impossible for them. Indeed, we want a standard that makes us feel good about ourselves.
If you want to live a lie, suite yourself, but that standard is already applied by unbelievers and it has not made the world any better. In fact, I’d argue that it has made it much worse. Lust has been treated as a commodity, and girls are treated as a prey to be used for their own sexual gratification. I see people raise questions such as “Why would God care if I masturbate at night?” and think this suddenly settles the issue. It’s a ridiculous question, given that the action in question is done for yourself when the organs are clearly intended for another person. By pleasing yourself, you’re depriving a future wife that has a right to that good at all times. Oh sure, you can excuse yourself by saying “She can still have sex with me and I can still watch my porn” but in effect, you may as well tie your wife to a bed and have sex with someone you met in the bar right in front of her and expect everything to be okay. You’re saying that she’s not enough to please you. Face it, you’re a disgusting perverted whore and you just don’t give a crap about anyone but yourself.
I do not apologize if the tone seems harsh, I think you’re too corrupt for your own good. The world needs to be convicted of their sin for what it really is. Another common sin is pride. You may be unwilling to accept what I have said simply because you do not want to think that “lowly” about yourself. Self-esteem is very important, so they say. That’s a load of vomit. You already love yourself enough, that’s the problem. Whenever you’re involved in a relationship, you probably think it’s about “you” and how she makes “you” feel happy. What happens when you don’t feel that way anymore? What happens when trials come and your relationship looks as if it is not working out? What usually happens with people like this is that they attempt to find happiness in some other girl. This leads to cheating, which leads to divorce. A relationship like that cannot work because you’re centered too much on your own pain, your own emptiness, and your own misery to focus on making her happy again. That’s pride at work, folks. I think Pascal puts the wretchedness of man so well:
“The greatness of man is so evident that it is even proved by his wretchedness. For what in animals is called nature we call wretchedness in man; by which we recognize that, his nature now being like that of animals, he has fallen from a better nature which once was his. For who is unhappy at not being a king except a deposed king? Who is unhappy at having only one mouth? And who is not unhappy at having only one eye? Probably no one ever ventured to mourn at not having three eyes; but anyone would be inconsolable at having none.”
In other words, our wretchedness is proved by our fallen state of unhappiness. No man would be unhappy unless they have fallen from a higher state. Instead, humanity has looked to the lower pleasures of this world to find the satisfaction that they desire. They never find true happiness because they’re too enslaved to lust, drugs, adultery, and the self to chose any differently. Even the “good” actions of men can be tainted by selfish motives. Someone could donate to charity to relieve their conscience, for example, without really doing it for their good. Others could do so because they want to be recognized or think this makes them special from the rest of the world. Good acts always seem to be tainted by something. It’s no wonder our works are like filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6). Don’t be surprised that you do not have a desire for God when you don’t truly desire righteousness. Everyone in their fallen state would prefer to please the self in whatever way possible. So we resist whenever someone like God tells us otherwise. That’s just how we are, but that’s also why we needed a Savior.