Why would a loving God allow evil in the world?

Posted: November 8, 2011 in Apologetics, Uncategorized

Evil is hard to comprehend when we think of God as an all loving, all knowing being. If God is all loving, He must have known evil would come into the world. If God knows everything, why would God allow evil to enter into the world? How can Christians explain evil, and why does evil exist? Such a question has been debated for decades, however there is an answer.

First, we must have a grasp on what evil is, and how it came to be. God created all things good as it is written, “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”(Gen1:31) Since evil did not always exist, it is possible that it will not always exist. Randy Alcorn wrote, “as metal does not need rust, but rust needs metal, so good does not need evil, but evil needs good.” In Revelations, John wrote about the new earth and the new Heaven saying, “nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false.”(Rev21:27) So evil did not always exist, and evil will not remain forever.

Second, God did not create evil, He allowed it to come to pass through our free will. How could God give us free will and destroy evil? He could not do such a thing. When the first man (Adam) sinned, he brought the curse of sin to all of mankind. Now all mankind is born with a desire to do evil. If God were to take away evil, He would also have to take away free will. C.S. Lewis wrote, “we know that if there does exist an absolute goodness it must hate most of what we do.” This is the fallen state man is in. The first sin of eating the fruit was the first act of moral evil. Natural evil is the consequence and charge against the human race as a whole for the act of moral evil.

Randy Alcorn describes the suffering of humans as a result of sin as secondary evil and the original act of sin (moral evil) as primary evil.

Alcorn wrote,
Secondary evil, the direct and indirect consequences of primary evil, provokes our indignation. Why do innocent people suffer? God hates the primary evils we commit, while we hate the secondary evils (consequences) God determines or permits. As humans, however, we all stand guilty. Although many secondary evils befall us even when we did not directly commit a sin that causes them, we would not have to deal with secondary evils if we didn’t belong to a sinful race.

God could not give us a soul and then force us to do good our whole lives so that we could enter into Heaven.

Third, there are many other ways humans have tried to explain evil and God, I simply think that free will is the best way to describe the origin of Evil.

God allows us to perceive Him however we choose to. It does not necessarily make someone wrong to have a different view of God than I do. It could be the circumstances in their life that make them view God in a different way, and who knows they could change their view later on in life. I do think there is room for discussion over how and why God allows things to pass. Just because someone has a different view does not mean they are attacking God. As long as the individual follows Christ, that is what is truly important.

Alcorn, Randy C.. If God is good–: faith in the midst of suffering and evil. Sisters: Multnomah
Books, 2009.

ESV study Bible: English Standard Version.. ESV text ed. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Bibles, 2008.

Elwell, Walter A.. Evangelical dictionary of theology. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker
Academic;, 2001.

Lewis, C. S.. Mere Christianity. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2001.

Towns, Elmer L.. Theology for today . 2nd ed. Lynchburg, Va.: Elmer Towns, 1994.


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