Why does God allow evil? The Bible says that God created everything to be good. When God created good, the possibility of evil arose, because evil is the absence of good. This does not mean that God does evil or that he is responsible for the existence of evil.

The responsibility of a father is to teach his son about good and evil and that he knows how to choose the good. If the adult child does something wrong, the responsibility does not lie with the parents, because the choice is the child's. In addition, God is good and always promotes good, but it gives us the freedom to choose between good and evil.

Why does God allow evil?

Why does God allow evil

Why does God allow evil

God allows evil because it is a consequence of freedom of choice. We were made in the image and likeness of God. A essential characteristic of God is creativity, which involves making decisions. We also have creativity and the ability to make decisions, within our limits. Without free will, you would be like a stone, not choosing where it goes or what it does.

And God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27

Another essential characteristic of God is love. Love is a choice, God chooses to love us. Without choice, there is no love. Likewise, we can choose if we want to love God. But in order to choose, there must be at least two options. In this case, the options are to love or not to love God.

Beloved, let us love one another; because love is from God. Everyone who loves is born of God, and knows God. 

1 John 4: 7

Whoever loves God obeys his commandments, because he knows that God is good and created the rules for our good. God rejoices in our good. But we have the ability to choose not to love God and to break the rules. The options are: to obey or not to obey God; to do good or not to do good. Not doing good is doing bad. Evil is the lack of good.

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not burdensome.

1 John 5: 3

When God's perfect rules were broken, it affected the entire world. God's good was not completely removed from the earth, but now there is a fight between good and evil. The evils of nature are one of the results of this struggle.

Because the burning desire of creation is to await the manifestation of the children of God. Creation was subjected to vanity, not by its own will, but because of the one who held it in hope; because creation itself will also be freed from the slavery of corruption, to the glorious freedom of the children of God.

Romanos 8: 19-21

Why did God give us free will if He knew that we would choose evil?

God created us so that we could exercise love. For there to be love, there must be the possibility of heartbreak. Adam and Eve decided to make the wrong decision, but not everyone makes the wrong decision. The good that God created is much greater than the evil that happens. God continues to promote good, even in bad situations. Evil is a temporary consequence, one day it will end.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, that is, those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8: 28

God knew we would choose evil, and yet He created a plan to give us another chance to choose good. He came to earth as a man and suffered the consequences of evil with us. But even in suffering, Jesus always chose the good. By suffering the consequences of evil without doing evil, Jesus conquered evil. Thanks to His victory, Jesus understands you and can help you choose the good.

For this reason, he had to be like his brothers in everything, to become a merciful and faithful high priest as far as God is concerned, to atone for the sins of the people. For inasmuch as he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 2: 17-18

Does God do evil?

No, God does not do evil, but He allows evil to be done. When the Bible says that God brings misfortunes, it means that He allows and transforms those situations to fulfill His purposes. This is difficult to understand, because nobody likes to suffer and God is not happy with our suffering either. Nevertheless, God always has a purpose. Even when we don't understand the purpose God is on our side, sharing our sufferings and helping us to overcome them.