In the wake of the tragedy in Haiti, I’ve been sent to the books to wonder about the unfortunate reality of evil. Without getting into the whole reasoning of evil here, I do want to express some curiosities about the moral landscape of Heaven.
One of the things I read about in many popular level Christian apologetic books is the necessity of the possibility of evil in order to reach the greatest good: the true reality of love, which needs to be free, which necessitates the potential of evil (the absence of good).
Scripture attests (I’ll let you use your own concordance) to the future reality of the defeat of evil. I noted in the read of the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics (Geisler) that there’s a differentiation between “overcoming” evil and “annihilating” evil. Annihilation of evil prevents the potential of a moral (real, free) good. While, on the other hand, an overcoming of evil enables love and goodness to happen in an environment where evil is also a potential.
So, here’s my oddball of a question: in Heaven, what will it be like to have the potential of evil but not the presence of it? Take that again, would there even be a potential for it? I take it that we’d see it as not an annihilation of evil but an overcoming of it. Which means that while we would still be free for good or evil, we would then and always somehow always live into the freedom of the good.
…does this oddball thinking make any sense? I’m assuming that because human freedom is the “it was good” from Genesis, that God will restore that “it is good”-ness to all creation. And, that for humanity, brings the reality of freedom.
…another dimension is the reality of the renovation a person enters into by the power of the Holy Spirit and the means of God’s holy renovation – both for justification and our sanctification.
[At this point, I think the question is open enough for dialog.]