The God Who Ordains Evil
Dr. Roger Olson does a good job in this post by showing the fallacies of some Calvinists when trying to explain evil and how this relates to the sovereignty of God. Men such as John Piper simply acknowledge that evil comes from God and is ordained by Him for His glory (though we know not how at this time). Olson points out that this view doesn’t glorify the character of God but rather makes Him appear as less than loving and good. As Olson stated once before, “There is not much difference I see between the God who ordains evil and renders it certain and Satan. Satan wants to destroy all but God wants to destroy most.”
The problem of evil and suffering is not easy. I don’t think there are pat answers for this. Even Scripture doesn’t give us all the insights we would like in regard to human suffering and evil. Yet I would equally state that I don’t see in Scripture where God ordains evil and renders it certain. He certainly knows beforehand what will happen but to control evil and to allow evil is not the same as causing evil which Piper does when he teaches that God is so sovereign that everything that happens does happen because He renders it certain and planned all things. How is He not evil then? How is He still rendered as good and loving if in fact He plans and renders certain horrible acts like rape, murder, shootings, etc.? How can the God of John 3:16 or the God of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 be that God if in fact He causes (whether directly or indirectly) the suffering of people at the hands of vile sinners?