FAQ: Why did God create evil? If God planned everything, why did He plan for really bad things to happen?
The “Problem of Evil” is a philosophical stumbling block for many people. Since the empirical evidence for creation, and therefore a Creator, is stunning (see prior discussions), many atheists attack biblical creation on philosophical grounds. The primary questions atheists pose are: “If God is real, and God created everything, why did He create evil?” “Why did a personal, loving God create a world in which evil exists?” “Why did God give man freedom to commit evil acts?” Atheists reason, “Surely, an all-knowing God of love would not allow evil to exist in His world.”
The response to the foregoing is summed up in God’s nature and His desire for mankind. Look at the logic: How could God allow for love without the potential for evil? God could have created robots that do nothing more than forever say, “I love you, I love you, I love you.” But such creatures would be incapable of a real love relationship. Love is a choice, and the Bible says God desires a real love relationship with His creation. Love is not real unless we have the ability to not love. One of God’s attributes is omniscience. God knew that in a world with choice, there would be much evil — to choose not to love is evil by definition. However, there would also be the capacity for real love. Philosopher Alvin Plantinga writes, “An all loving, all powerful, all knowing Being could permit as much evil as He pleased without forfeiting His claim to being all loving, so long as for every evil state of affairs He permits there is an accompanying greater good”. The potential for love out weighs the existence of evil, especially if evil can only exist for a time. Evil is a side effect of love. Suffering and death are a side effect of evil (Romans 5:12). God says in His Bible that this side effect is only for a time. Evil serves the limited purpose of establishing real love relationships between creation and the Creator, and evil will be done away with after that purpose is achieved. “And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides forever” (I John 2:17)
FAQ: Does God Really Exist?
God may not be provable through mathematical formulae or properties of physics, but we live in an era where the evidence of an Intelligent Designer is all around us. Just look through the Hubble Telescope and peer to the edge of the massive cosmos. View the monitor of an electron-scanning microscope and delve into the intricate world of a microscopic cell. Try to comprehend the massive library of complex information inherent in the digital code that turns a fertilized egg into a human being. Study principles of quantum mechanics and investigate the world of extra-dimensionality. Review the nature of your conscience, subconscious, standards of morality, and thoughts of religion. Then, try to reconcile all of these realities with a basic theory of randomness. Based on what we know today, atheism (not believing in any kind of god) is a bigger “leap of faith” than theism (believing that some kind of god exists).
Although we’re not claiming to prove God exists in terms of “scientific” certainty, we can point you to significant and credible evidence for the existence of God. Here is a brief summary of the key arguments:
- Order. God provides the best explanation for abstract notions such as numbers, formulae, natural laws, and mathematical properties.
- Causation. God provides the best explanation for the existence of the universe and all that’s in it (the alternative theory is that “nothing” exploded and resulted in everything that we see).
- Design. God provides the best explanation for the complex order in cosmological, stellar, planetary, chemical and biological systems (the alternative theory is that random chance created everything we see).
- Morality. God provides the best explanation for the existence of objective and inherent moral/ethical values in the world.