Why does God allow evil in his world?

This topic suggestion, Why is there evil in the world?, is from The Daily Post as part of the Post-a-day writing challenge.

Student: Sir, you are working on the Premise of Duality. You argue there is Life and then there is Death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.

That quote is part of a longer story about an atheist Philosophy lecturer and a student having an argument in class, where the student ends up declaring to his classmates that the lecturer has no brain, because no one in the class has seen, felt, tasted, smelt or heard it. You can read it in full here.

You see, there is evil in this world when people are far away from God. God allows it because he has given us free will. We can choose which way we go. I have this image of God, and all his angels, looking on from above, cheering each of us on to choose the right way, and consoling us when we make a mistake.

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Author: Ben Clapton

I'm an Officer in The Salvation Army, currently appointed with my wife as Corps Officers at the Rochester Corps in country Victoria (20 minutes out of Echuca). I play violin and guitar, amongst many others, and love golf and running.

8 thoughts on “Why does God allow evil in his world?”

  1. Hey ben, what about earthquakes and cancer. It’s easy to see why someone being punched is the result of someone’s freedom to do evil but earthquakes and cancer are not directly connected. My thought is actually that we cannot know why and it is actually quite important to not know.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Chris,
      Thanks for your comment. Sometimes we aren’t meant to know, and I won’t say that I’ve got all the answers. However, I have heard it said that God set the laws of this world into motion, and were he to meddle with them, it would be admitting fault in God, who is infallible. I’m not sure whether I agree with that, or whether I could believe it, but it is an interesting thought.
      Ben

  2. Ben==for some reason when i try to respond and click the icon for my wordpress account it links to my business account. if i click on my own name it takes me to my business website. that is not my intention, but i cannot figure out how to keep it from happening. i took my business website off of my profile for my wordpress blog, but even still if you click on my name, in my other post it takes you to the flash opening of my business site….feel free to delete the post. if you have a fix or a suggestion, i would appreciate it. katekresse@gmail.com

    1. Hi Kate,
      I’m guessing it’s probably something to do with Gravatar, but I’m not certain. I’ve fixed the link on your previous comment, but apart from that, I don’t know where to start. Sorry, hope you get it figured out.
      Ben

  3. This is a really complex issue and I really envy people who think they have worked it out. I agree with the problem of dualism because it makes out that Satan (for example) is as powerful (well nearly) as God, and while the Bible seems to convey this idea often enough, it also says that there is only one God, and that the gods of the nations are just stone and wooden images that can neither speak nor hear, let alone do anything.

    So, if there is just God in the cosmos – and all creation – why do bad things happen? I agree that things like earthquakes and volcanoes are actually a product of the living and dynamic planet upon which we live, and if they did not happen, our life on the planet would soon be extinguished. It is natural for us to want to overlay an divine intent on such events which even the secular world calls “Acts of God” but I have come to the view that these things are simply part of the natural life cycle of the planet. If lots of people die as a result of such events, maybe that is the result of some of the bad social and economic structures that cause people to live in those places, but more often it is simply what happens – like SMEG.

    Like Kate, I really enjoy the idea of God cheering us along. Bad things happen around us that we usually call EVIL, but whether or not there is an evil cause, the important thing is how we respond to them out of our life in God.

  4. Upon evil powers as Buddha saw it.
    Buddha was 35 years old when he became enlighten and during 2 days in deep meditation the answers ha had been searching for suddenly with the clearest mind and with radiant light became as we know The Buddha.
    He was born as a prince, Siddhartha but understood soon that the answer to true happiness did not lie in wealth or power. He had never been out of his castle except for the three times his father the king had cleaned the streets for trash as some even might say today. But as clever he was he saw trough the illusion. One night with his most faithful servant they escaped during the night till guarded by his father the en the king he took his favorite horse and his most loyal servant escaping and while out he gave away his horse and golden clothes to his servant. Buddha disappeared into a new world and as he was seeking true happiness he thought that the answers were to become a holy man who stop eating living as a simple man without any possession after several near by death experiences he admitted finally that he was not on the right path.
    Buddha became so sick he almost died
    But he manage to come back to life and one day as he was sitting by the riverside looking into a river he became more quiet in mind and body and he realized that one must have balance in life.. He called this The Middle Way (familiar
    When he got enlightened he was not sure if he was supposed to share his wisdom with others as a guru who was a business of charlatans as it is today as well. Finally he decided to do so.
    He told people who wanted to listen of his teaching about what have become the four pillars of Buddhism; the Four Noble Truths.
    .Here the essence of how Buddha looked at life, evilness, hate, cruelty, love, compassion and envy, with the clearest mind saw the illusion and why we did not see this wall that are so easy to break’
    The first noble truth is that the whole world is suffering., different levels and kinds but sufferings
    The second Nobel truth he told was that this suffering had many different faces. It was war, starvation, violence, greed, envy, earth quake and metal illness that caused a stressful mind. Do mot seek peace from outside, but from inside. The lucky factor was that there is a cure for this illness. This was the Third noble truth. And the fourth is very easy. Yiou must take your medicine to become cured. And the cure was simle yet difficult. Only trough meditation one can be cured from evilness, hate, anger, bitterness and by reducing your own ego as much as possible be able to without any kind of rewards practice pure compassion with all living beings. This is the cure he said. This is how we can get rid of the Evilness in our modern society
    “ What we think we become” The Buddha

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