By James Rochford.
Many skeptics believe that the problem of evil is good evidence against the existence of the Christian God. Of course, this criticism carries a certain amount of weight. If an all-loving and all-powerful God exists, it is difficult to understand why he would permit so much evil in the world. How should Christians respond to this difficult issue?
The Beginning of Evil
The Bible teaches that God is not responsible for the origin of Evil, because he created humans in a morally perfect state. However, due to their free volitional decision, human beings revolted against God, sending humanity into moral corruption. Let’s consider a number of objections to this biblical claim.
The End of Evil
God is not responsible for the beginning of evil, but this isn’t the end of the story. According to the Bible, God is going to permanently fix the problem of evil in the historical future. In fact, the Bible teaches we can’t fathom the extent of what God has prepared for us in eternity (1 Cor. 2:9; 2 Cor. 12:4). God will wipe away every tear (Rev. 21:4), and he will bring every evil to justice (Rom. 12:19; Rev. 21). While the world is currently in a broken and deranged state, Jesus taught that there would be a “regeneration” of this fallen world (Mt. 19:28). One day, in the historical future, God will personally triumph over evil, restoring the scales of justice to balance (Rev. 11:17; 20:11-15; 21:8; 27; 22:3-5). Let’s consider a number of objections to this biblical claim.