My grandparents all died in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Can you understand why people like me have a hard time believing that God cares what goes on down here? Why didn’t God stop what was going on? -- H.F.
I will never forget visiting the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz some years ago, where well over a million people (most of them Jews) were brutally exterminated.
It was one of the few times in my life that I found myself speechless, I was so overwhelmed by the horror of what took place there. When asked to write something in the visitor’s guest book, I could only think of two words: “Never again.”
You have asked a profound question -- and one I can’t fully answer. We live in a fallen, sin-ravaged world, and evil isn’t only real, but sometimes it seems to be gaining the upper hand.
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One reason is because behind the tragic events of history Satan is at work -- and everything he does is destructive and corrupt.
But there’s another reason why evils like Auschwitz happen -- and that is the evil within the human heart.
Jesus said, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander” (Matthew 15:19).
Never forget: God isn’t responsible for the evils of our world -- we are.
That’s why we need God, for only He can forgive our sin and change our hearts in a lasting way.
May this become true in your life, as it has to millions of others across the centuries who’ve found lasting peace -- peace with God, peace with others, and peace in your heart.
Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
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