The Problem of Evil & Suffering

Bosch Hell from Garden

"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."

Video of Peter Kreeft on "The Problem of Evil"

For a detailed examination of the problem of evil, watch the video  THE PROBLEM OF EVIL & SUFFERING.

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.