The Reality of Evil Proves God’s Existence
By Misty Callahan
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” These words of Epicurus were spoken at around 300 B.C. and they’re still pretty powerful. In fact, many skeptics today still use this quote when the question of evil arises. However, it’s not a question that Christians should be afraid of. The reality of evil points to God, not away from him, simply because without God nothing can be called evil, objectively.
The Problem of Evil
The existence of evil is a topic that many learned philosophers, religious gurus, and wise men have meditated on for countless centuries. Sad to say, for most of my life, I was not one of those people. I never gave much thought to any of it. To me, there were “bad people” and “good people” and that was that. I can say with all honesty, that it never occurred to me to link evil with God’s existence or non-existence.
However, many people do make such a connection. In fact, the A Clear Lens crew has written quite a few articles on the subject, addressing arguments and questions (which you can find here, here and here.) And I’ve stated in a previous article, my father considered the death of my sister a great evil and couldn’t fathom a world where a loving God would exist and four-year-old girls drown. So he came to the conclusion that God was a figment of the imagination.
While other skeptics (and some believers too) may not draw on personal tragedies in order to feel justified in quoting Epicurus, one need only read the paper or turn on the news to see that evil is very much a part of reality…
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