If God is omnipotent, why does He not stop evil?

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God is omnipotent. The word omnipotent is derived from omni- which means “all” and potent which mean “power.” As with the attributes of omniscience and omnipresence, we can see that if God is infinite, then, He must also be omnipotent. God has all power over all things “You can do all things and that no plan of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).

Despite God being all-powerful, He permitted evil to take place because of the freedom of choice He granted to His creatures. While God can do everything, He can’t force humans to accept Him. In fact, this freedom of choice coasted God a very high price – the death of His only begotten Son to redeem mankind “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

And although Jesus was omnipotent, healed the sick (Matthew 4:24), fed thousands (Mark 6:30-44), calmed the storm (Mark 4:37-41), raised the dead (John 11:38-44; Mark 5:35-43) and overcame death (1 Corinthians 15:22; Hebrews 2:14), He freely offered Himself to die. He could have called twelve legions of angels to rescue Him from His enemies (Matthew 26:53), yet He chose to die on our behalf (Philippians 2:1-11) to save us and restore us back to the original state of perfection.

Here is the good news that God will end the sin problem and judge the devil and His followers “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS” (Matthew 16:27). And sin will rise no more (Nahum 1:9).

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In His service,
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