The Problem of Evil & Belief In God
"Hell" from The Garden of Earthly Delights
Painting by Hieronymus Bosch
The Challenge Of Evil For Believers
Theologian Peter Kreeft writes:
"The problem of evil is the most serious problem in the world. It is also the one serious objection to the existence of God.
Thomas Aquinas [in his] Summa Theologica could find only two objections to the existence of God.
These were -
• The apparent ability of natural science to explain everything without reference to God
• The problem of evil."
How Can A Good God Allow Evil?
The classic formulation of the problem of evil is :
• If God is all good, how can he allow evil to exist?
• If God is all powerful, why does he not deal with evil?
Either God is not all-good and loving (omnibenevolent)
Or God is not all-powerful all the time (omnipotent)
[For a recent restatement of this classic formulation, see Alvin Plantinga's Free Will Defense]
There is, however, another possibility, hinted at in ISAIAH 55:8-9. Since we are not God, we do not have the whole picture and do not understand.