The Problem of Evil


Evil exists, a plain and simple fact. The argument for the problem of
evil (and suffering) proves that fact. The argument for the problem of evil
states that there is a all-good, all-powerful God. It states that God being
all-good means that he only wants good to exist. But, look at all the bad and
evil in the world. A total contradiction of a all-good God. God being all-
powerful means that he can make whatever he wants. So, if God can make whatever
he wants then why did he not make all people and things good? This all boils
down too the fact that evil does exist and with evil existing there could not be
an all-good, all powerful God.
I feel that the argument for the problem of evil is a good argument.
The first solution to the problem of evil states that good cannot exist without
evil. Not a bad argument, but faulty. With evil existing you have something
to compare it to, which is good. But, If God was really all-good the word evil
would not exist because everything would just be good. If God is so good and so
powerful than why does he let so much evil exist? I could understand a little
bit of bad people and things to make the good stand out, but there is so much.
All the time in the news you hear about someone being murdered, children being
molested, a natural disaster striking a area and many people suffering and
dying, etc... This also shows that God cannot be all-powerful if lets all this
evil exist in the universe that he supposedly created.
The second solution to the problem of evil states that God allows evil
to exist in order to bring out a greater good. Or that the universe is better
with some evil in it. Better? Why would God being so good and concerned about
humans want us to suffer? This solution is much like the first, saying that
evil creates or brings good. Yet, if there was only good we would not have to
worry about bringing out a greater good if everything was already good. Some
would argue that evil brings out human virtues, and thus in a all-good world
they would be lost. Yet human virtues would not be needed(or exist) in a all-
good world. Also with human virtues you get the human vices, more bad or evil
beliefs. God allowing so much evil to exist, again shows that there cannot be a
all-good all-powerful God.
The third solution states that God gave humans free will. Yes, that it
good that God gave us the freedom to chose. God being all-good and all-
powerful should have gave us free will in the sense that we can choose among
only things that are good. This would seem to restrict the definition of free
will since your options of what to chose would be limited. Yet, if everything
was good the definition of free will would not be restricted either because
there would only be good to choose from. With God allowing evil and free will
to exist this creates a personal evil because you can choose evil. Also there
are evils such as natural disasters and diseases that exist but man did not
freely choose. A all-good and all-powerful God would not let such things exist.
People die and suffer from these things that exist with a so-called all good and
powerful God.
The forth solution by John Hicks states that God allows evil to exist in
order to test us. Hicks states that evil is a test to see who will choose that
path. I don\'t understand why he would need to test us. With him being all-
powerful that would make him all-knowing. Therefore, why would he need to test
us if he knows what we are going to do, and what we are doing? There would be
no reason to test us if God was really all powerful. If evil did not exist
there would be not be a need for a test either, because God would not need to
test the good people do. Also, if good is using evil as a test, and someone
does not pass his test then I would assume that person would not make it to
heaven. The person would be stuck in hell after they died. A all-good and all-
powerful God would not want people to suffer, thus no need to test the person
because that could lead to hell(suffering) which God