Posted by: Nito | October 11, 2015

The Problem of Evil – Part 1 – Are You Good?

Here is a modern definition of the problem of evil (from wikipedia:

  1. God exists.
  2. God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent.
  3. An omnibenevolent being would want to prevent all evils.
  4. An omniscient being knows every way in which evils can come into existence, and knows every way in which those evils could be prevented.
  5. An omnipotent being has the power to prevent that evil from coming into existence.
  6. A being who knows every way in which an evil can come into existence, who is able to prevent that evil from coming into existence, and who wants to do so, would prevent the existence of that evil.
  7. If there exists an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent God, then no evil exists.
  8. Evil exists (logical contradiction).

There is much pride in this logical construction, but it fails on point #3. Here is why:

  • God exists. Everything else lives through Him, by Him and in Him (John 1:3Acts 17:28).
  • Apart from being omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent, God is also eternal.
  • Because He is eternal, God knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).
  • Only God is good, everything else is evil in comparison to Him (Mark 10:18).
  • Because God doesn’t want any evil whatsoever to exist, He decided never to create the universe.
  • The universe exists (logical contradiction).

What atheists fail to take into consideration is that every human on earth is evil.

Did you ever say a lie in your life, even a little one? Did you ever steal, even a little thing that seemingly nobody would miss? Did you ever hate? When you did, you’ve committed a murder in your heart (1 John 3:15). Did you ever look at another person with lust? When you did, you’ve committed adultery in your heart (Matthew 5:28). Jesus didn’t consider himself good, but said that only God is good (Mark 10:18). Therefore, if even Jesus didn’t consider himself good, why do you think you are good? Human heart is deceitful above all things and is desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). By comparison to God you are downright evil and that’s why you need a Saviour (Jesus).

Having this in mind, and following the logic of points #4, #5 & #6, the omniscient and eternal Father, who “declares the end from the beginning” (Isaiah 46:10), or in other words, knows what would happen in the universe before He created it, would  see upfront all of the evil (read “all people”) that would exist in the world, and would decide not to create the universe in the first place. He would want to prevent the existence of evil and hence would abstain from creating the universe.

Because the universe exists we know that this thinking is wrong. Otherwise, God would kill us all long time ago. Therefore, premise #3 is invalid.

Friend, leave atheism to those who war against God. They are hurt inside and they blame God for everything that happened to them. As a Christian I feel for all that are hurting, but I also know the futility of atheism. I was raised as one! I know the emptiness and meaningless of the atheistic life. You die and then, puff, you are no more. Gone forever, like a foam on the river. And when those who remember you die too, you are really erased from all books. Contrast that to the eternal life that Jesus offers! My message to every atheist is: just pause for a second, humble yourself, get down on your knees and say, “God, if you are real, show me!” He will answer and heal you!

The real problem of evil is expressed in the following sentence: “How does God effectively remove the objective evil (i.e. devil and his demonic powers) without simultaneously wiping out His own evil children?” But, let’s talk about that in part 2.

Friend, if you want to receive the gift of eternal life, simply say the following words and mean them:

Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. Come into my heart, I make you my Lord and Savior.



  1. […] argument for not believing in Him, is the existence of evil. However, as described in the part 1 of this series, their logical arguments fail because they try to fit God into their own limited […]

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