If God is Good, Why is There Evil in the World?
One of the most common questions asked about Christianity is, "If God is good, why is there evil in the world?" That's a fantastic question, and here is a straightforward answer:
God created the world good, and He created humans to do good. However, He also gave humans the ability to choose, known as free will. This means that even though humans were created to do good, they can also choose to do the opposite of good, what we have termed evil. We cannot blame God when humans choose to do the opposite of that which they were created to do. Therefore, why did God create humans with a free will? He did it so that humans could truly love Him and each other. If humans had no choice but to love God and each other, then that wouldn’t really mean very much at all. Humans would just be little robots performing the action they were programmed to do. However, since humans have the choice to either love or to not love, it truly is love that is conveyed when humans choose to love God or each other. Therefore, it would be impossible and illogical for a world to exist in which humans with free will exist without the potential for evil. The very existence of free will produces the potential for good and for the opposite of good.
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