Are Christians Really ‘Protected From Evil’?

Posted on February 8, 2021

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By David Ettinger

A Clearly-Stated Truth
The title of this blog is somewhat misleading. After all, the Bible clearly states in Psalm 121:7 “The Lord will protect you from all evil.”

However, I’ve been a supporter of Voice of the Martyrs – a ministry devoted to telling the story of and aiding victims of Christian persecution – since 1992. I have received all of their monthly newsletters since then, and have read numerous accounts of murders, torture, and brutality committed against believers throughout the world.

If these incidents are not evil, I don’t know what is. Yet, Psalm 121:7 tells us that the Lord will protect us from all evil. Is there a contradiction here?

Another Contradiction?
Elsewhere, Jesus tells us: “In the world you will have tribulation …” (John 16:33), indicating bad things will happen to us. Furthermore, Jesus makes clear that because we love Him, the world will hates us: “You will be hated by all because of My name …” (Matthew 10:22). Again He states: “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you” (John 15:19).

Additionally, because the world hates believers, “[the world] will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name” (Matthew 24:9). This has been ongoing since the birth of the Church, and will increase in the end-times. Jesus adds: “… an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God” (John 16:2).

Kept From Evil?
These verses don’t appear as if we as believers are kept from evil, do they?

Time to fess up: I omitted a something crucial. Let’s go back to Psalm 121:7, which says: “The Lord will protect you from all evil.” There’s a second part to this verse which says: “He will keep your soul.”

Ah, there it is, the answer to the “protect you from all evil” question. Though God often does, He makes no guarantees to protect believers from the evils that can occur to our physical bodies in this world. Too many believers have been beheaded, burned at the stake, and other such horrors to believe that. But our imperishable, eternal souls … that’s a different matter. The soul is what God promises to protect and keep from evil. Neither Satan nor his minions can touch our souls, which God safeguards for eternity.

Eternal Protection
I believe in eternal salvation for those who legitimately give their lives to Christ. Jesus says in John 5:24: “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, HAS eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life” (emphasis added). Jesus buttresses this glorious claim:

* “… I give eternal life to them [believers], and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29).

* “While I was with them [the disciples], I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition [Judas], so that the Scripture would be fulfilled” (John 17:12).

* This above truth includes not just the disciples and apostles, but all who come to know Christ: “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who will believe in Me through their [disciples’] word.”

Protected!
So, does God protect His children from ALL evil? Yes, He does, just not always the evil of this temporal world, but ALWAYS that which would destroy our souls, which can never be touched. So, rejoice, believer, you are protected for all-time!