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The Giver is a tale of a dystopian future disguised as utopia. It is a world without the pain of evil but it is also a world free of the joy of love and ecstasy. It answers the question of evil in the world.  In The Giver all forms of conflict are eliminated through medication to manage emotions, and a socialist society that dictates every aspect of life to eliminate competition and free thinking.  Procreation is by artificial insemination and families are created by assignment not love.

The movie was filmed in black and white to emphasize the blandness of this society. As the Receiver is given memories of the world before the society of “Sameness” was created he begins to see color. He stops taking his medication in order to experience more “color” and emotions. He begins to feel love and love moves him to risk his life in order to change the society and free the people he loves.

“Sameness” eliminated conflict but there is a greater evil in the dehumanizing that is necessary for the peace. “Sameness” also requires the defective babies and those that are too old to be of use to be euthanized.

How does this answer the question of evil? Why would a good God allow for evil? In order to eliminate evil we would have to eliminate free will which is how evil was eliminated in The Giver. God would have to create us as robots like the people of “Sameness”.  Without free will there is no love.  Without the opportunity to disobey, there is no obedience.  Without the freedom to choose evil there is no good.

According to the Bible, evil began with the disobedience of Satan who was an angel that wanted to be greater than God and in his disobedience fell from heaven and brought a third of the angels with him. God gave free will even to the creatures that He created to serve Him. Mankind chose evil in the Garden of Evil when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God after being tempted (I Timothy 2:14) by Satan.  That disobedience was carried from generation to generation throughout history.

Evil is evident in the world today. One might say that it is running rampant. Graft, corruption, thievery and murder are everywhere.  The horror of what is being reported by the group ISIS is being met with the horror of the warring countries set to destroy them.  The countries of the US, Great Britain, France, Turkey, Syria, Denmark, Belgium, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are aligning to do battle in what is reminiscent of the coalition of countries brought together against the evil of the Nazi regime in World War II.  It would appear that the evil of ISIS is begetting the evil of a third World War.

God may have allowed for evil but He has also allowed for its destruction at the end of the Age.

Revelation 20:7-10

7 When the thousand years come to an end, Satan will be let out of his prison. 8 He will go out to deceive the nations—called Gog and Magog—in every corner of the earth. He will gather them together for battle—a mighty army, as numberless as sand along the seashore. 9 And I saw them as they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded God’s people and the beloved city. But fire from heaven came down on the attacking armies and consumed them.

10 Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever….14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire.

Lord help us as we get closer to the End. Deliver us from evil.

Seek Him while He may be found.

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