So I’ve had this question bugging me for a LOOONG time now. Can it be true that everything that has ever happened has been willed or permitted by God in advance? As in, God permits sin and death, disease, etc… to happen for the greater good of everybody. In the words of Fr. Drexelius:
Never certainly would such infinite Goodness permit so great wickedness in the world, unless it could thence produce greater good, and turn to salvation things which were devised for destruction. God permitted the jealousy of his brethren to exercise its malice against innocent Joseph; but with how great good was this Permission, not merely to his parents and brethren, but to the whole land of Egypt! God permitted guiltless David to be harassed with the most cruel injuries by wicked Saul, but it was to the greatest advantage of David himself and the entire kingdom of Israel. God permitted Daniel, most unjustly accused, to be cast into the den of lions, but it was to his own great good and that of many others. But why do I mention such as these? God permitted His Own Son to be crucified by murderers, but His Permission was for the ineffable good of the whole human race. And so from every Divine Permission there flow the greatest increase to the Divine Glory, and the richest blessings to the human race.
Personally, I don’t hold this belief or doubt it alot. Why?
Because not every bad thing that happens produces good or produces so little good that it is outshined by the bad. For example, sex trafficking: what good is brought out of sex trafficking? Do the victims learn anything? So what if some of them are rescued, many of them will still have to face psychological trauma. Or miscarriages. I’m 200% against killing a baby for no matter what reason but whats so good about misacarriage? Will it strengthen a woman’s resolve or will or something? What about the choice a prolife woman has to face in deciding whether she should live because she has a life to live or whether her baby should die even though if it does live, he will have the chance to become a good person.
What about this? Lets say a major war and massacre happens like the Rape of Najing or the current chaos that is Congo and Somalia. Thousands of people were or are literally raped and murdered. What good does any of that do? Maybe you’ll tell me that some families would get clsoer together because of the persecution or that saintly people would go there and help the victims out making them eligible to go to heaven but what about the people who are already doing evil? Isn’t it better that people do good things instead of being used as an obstacle for others to jump over? Isn’t it better for a murderer to convert instead of being used as the instrument to make somebody a martyr? Isn’t it better for a sex trafficker to turn himself in and expose the entire business instead of being an obstacle preventing someone from achieving freedom?
Or what about the case for Judas Iscariot? If he didn’t betray Jesus, would He still have been crucified? If you answer no, then that would mean either a) God deliberately abandoned Judas to do evil and become evil just for this event to happen in measly way it happened. If this is true, than Judas must have been chosen as an apostle JUST so that he would betray Jesus, or b) Judas became evil on his own without God planning in advance for the betrayal to happen. The diffirence is that both times, Judas became evil on his own but in the first case, God planned it while in the second, God didn’t plan it. Either God is uncaring to some or He is a manipulative jerk.
I’m just saying that not everything is willed or permitted by God for something better to come out of it. I’m saying that God permits evil stuff to happen because He doesn’t love all creatures equally. If He did, He’d make everyone a saint and make them saints in this world (I say make them saints. God rightfully would never bring a complete monster to heaven) but He doesn’t. The Bible even says it outright in Rom 9:11-25, Malachi 1:1-2. At the same time, I believe that not everyone goes to heaven because God specifically wanted Him to go there BEFORE the world ever began or because God always predestined him to heaven or to recieve this type of grace to go to heaven. It’s my belief that with help from the Blessed Virgin Mary, God can be compelled to give graces to people he otherwise would have never given them. In fact, I believe that God Himself doesn’t really care for my conversion and that I only converted into a devout Catholic because of the intervention of the Virgin Mary and Saint Anthony of Padua.
What do you guys think? Can I get some serious answers though? No oh, I’m exaggerating or being manipulative in order to draw people away from the Church, because I studied this subject intensely for three years and have been constantly depressed because of it, like you wouldn’t believe and everyone I have spoken to on this forum knows that I suffer from depression. I am not an atheist in disguise, I am not being sarcastic, I’m trying to find answers. Please answer. Thanks.