The Question of Evil
The question of why God allows evil to exist in the world is one of the most perplexing and controversial questions people wrestle with. Even people of faith wrestle with this dilemma.
Does God allow evil to exist because he is powerful but not good, or because he is good but not powerful?
If we believe the Scripture, we must believe God is both completely good and all powerful.
We must also hold the conviction that all suffering is under the providential control of an only-wise, completely just, and incomprehensibly good God who wants only the best for his people.
In other words, we must trust suffering is part of God’s plan. And like it or not, understand it or not, he allows suffering for reasons that are beyond our capacity to understand (Deuteronomy 29:29).
One of the reasons for suffering that is not beyond our capacity to understand is for our moral and spiritual development.
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed…Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” (1 Peter 4:12–13,19, ESV)
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” (Romans 8:28–29, ESV)
About Scott Postma
Scott lives in North Idaho collecting more books than he'll ever read in a lifetime. He helps people cultivate their capacity to perceive and appreciate the good, the true, and the beautiful by sharing rich insights into the arts and humanities, meaningful perspective on faith and culture, and valuable tips on writing and teaching. You can subscribe to the tribe and follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.