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Why does God allow evil?

Way too often we hear another tragic school shooting, deadly accident or heinous act of abuse. And people always ask, "if God couldn't prevent such a horrific event, why didn't He?" The que3stion always implies if God is all-good and all-powerful, He would choose to destroy all evil. Why, then does evil exist???


Many Suppose that the existence of evil proves that God does not exist, but our ability to recognize evil is actually a good reason to believe in God. If there were no God, there would be no objective, universal standard by which to measure good and evil. But since all humans agree that good and evil are real distinctions, there must be an independent, eternal standard to ground moral standards. That standard is God.


But many still wonder why God would allow evil to occur. Some philosophers claim that the existence of evil is logically incompatible with the existence of an all-good, all-powerful God. But very few philosophers think this argument is successful. After all it is logically possible that God though He is all-powerful, all-knowing, has good reasons for allowing evil to exist. For one, God could be reserving human free will. If we have genuine freedom, , then we have the possibility of choosing to do evil. God is certainly powerful enough to prevent us from doing evil, but He would be wouldn't be taking away the free will by doing so. He "cannot" always make us choose the good, if He does then we are not free.


Or perhaps God allows evil to occur so we will develop empathy, patience and trust in God. Without the free will or the opportunity to develop virtue, our lives would be shallow; we could truly not love one another, or love God. We would essentially be robots with without the ability to have a relationship with God, which is what ultimately He desires with us.


Although it is reasonable for God and evil to coexist, some say the presence of so much evil makes it hard to believe in God. However, this is a subjective judgment. How much evil is too much? Who but God can say? We do not know, from a story like that of Joseph, that evil can be used for good in God's hands. Joseph said to his brothers, "You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result-the survival of many people" (Genesis 50:20)


We are all troubled by evil, but God has dealt evil a fatal blow through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.




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