Why is there sin in the world?
What is the number one question everyone has for a believer? If God is such a loving and caring God, why does he allow: Babies to starve, people to be murdered, war, good people to suffer, etc..??? What are some answers that you would give to someone that asks that question?
What did Jesus teach us?
"Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn".
Why did Jesus teach His disciples in parables?
"And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries off the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given". “Another parable” is the word allos in the Greek (the original language of the New Testament), which means another like the previous. Jesus was very consistent in His parables.
The word for tares in the Greek language is zizanion which is a tare or plant that looks like wheat while it is growing. However, when it is full grown it is poisonous. Notice the comma after the enemy sowed the tares in our verse above. This refers back to the sower of the good seed. He knew that tares would be sown but went about his business of planting anyway. Knowing that bad will come should not prevent you from doing good, should it? When planting, you can not remove the tares until the harvest because you will root up the good as well as the bad. Both must grow together until the end. Tares look exactly like wheat, yet are totally different from them; even poisonous to the good plants.
Did Judas look like the rest? Was he not numbered with the 12 disciples? Even those closest to Jesus did not know he was a tare did they? Church people look just like Christians, yet without Christ are simply tares. There is sin in the world because to root it out now would damage the good fruit before the harvest. Sounds simple, but most of Christianity is.