“Why does God allow evil to exist?”

This is one of many articles I want to write “answering” common questions Christians get concerning the Bible. I want to keep these short but may be interested in doing a deeper study on them later. Let’s take a look at the first question.

A common question posed towards Christians is “Why would an all loving, all knowing God allow evil to exist and run rampant”? Or “If an all loving God did exist, why would he allow people to be poor, children to be born with birth defects, war, violence, hunger, etc?” The God of the Bible is the God of free will and free will truly plays an important role in the Bible.

This question isn’t always the easiest to answer but the Bible does show us that the current world we live in is fallen from what it should be. God created everything perfectly including humans (Genesis 1:31). However, once mankind disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden we and the earth were cursed and are awaiting the day to be returned to our “original” state (Genesis 3:11-19, Romans 8:18-23). Until that time, the world we live in now is of our creation. We chose to reject God and decided to do things our way and are reaping the consequences of that decision. The violence, prejudice, war, hunger, natural disasters, diseases, and death our current world experiences is of our choosing.

With this, the Bible also tells us that there are evil unseen forces that want nothing more than to destroy humanity, composed of fallen angels, demons, and Satan the “god of this world” who use everything in their disposal to spread hate, strive, conflict, sickness, and death, everything God didn’t create (Ephesians 6:12).

The Bible shows us that although evil is real and prevalent in this world, there is an all loving, all knowing God who gives us the free will to choose or reject him. If we choose to reject him, then he allows us to live life the way we want to since he doesn’t force himself upon anyone; he wants to be worshiped and have a genuine relationship with those who truly love him (John 4:23-24). The good news is if you do choose him, you get the power to rise above the evil of this world, because there’s someone that already overcame it for us (Luke 10:19, John 16:33).

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” I John 5:4-5

 

Check out the article below if you want a better idea as to why the world is the way it is according to the Bible:

3 thoughts on ““Why does God allow evil to exist?”

  1. Thank you! I agree, these types of questions can be difficult and intimidate people, but I believe if we are diligent in pursuing an answer, we will find it and our faith in the Word will grow in the process.

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