The Problem of Evil
Five principles that help us understand The Problem of Evil:
1. The recognition of evil actually points to the existence of God.
- If there is no God, there is no right or wrong. That we recognize certain things as absolutely evil actually points to the existence of God because if God did not exist then neither does objective morality.
2. Evil is a byproduct of human free will.
- God wants us to love him freely. So God has given humans the ability to choose good or evil and placed them in a world with real choices and options.
3. We live in a fallen world.
- We don’t see the world as God intended it, but a broken, fallen world. All the wrongness of our world is a result of the fall.
4. God suffers evil as well.
- God is not immune to our suffering but suffers with us as well. He has been a victim of evil. On the cross Jesus died for the sins of all mankind and experienced a level of suffering and evil we will never be able to comprehend.
5. God will bring evil to an end.
- Evil, and pain, and suffering will not last forever. There is coming a day when Jesus will return and make all things right. And on that day God will wipe every tear from our eyes and there will be no more crying, or death, or pain for all the former things will pass away.