How can a good God exist when there is so much evil in the world?
Many people doubt the existence of God because of the existence of evil. But evil doesn’t disprove God—evil disproves atheism!
Evil can’t exist on its own, it only exists as a parasite in good. Evil is like rust in a car; if you take all the rust out of a car you have a better car; if you take all of the car out of the rust you have nothing. Evil is like cancer—it can’t exist alone, only in a good body. Therefore, there can be no objective evil unless there is objective good, and there can be no objective good unless God’s objectively Good nature exists. If evil is real—and we all know it is—then God exists.
We could put it this way: The shadows prove the sunshine. There can be sunshine without shadows, but there can’t be shadows without sunshine. In other words, there can be good without evil, but there can’t be evil without good; and there can’t be objective good without God. So evil may show there’s a devil out there, but it can’t disprove God. Evil actually boomerangs back to show that God exists.
While evil can’t disprove God, one can legitimately ask the question why does God allow evil to continue? That’s one of the topics I cover in the book, and the new Stealing From God online course I’m hosting that beings January 15 (you can start the self-paced version any time after that too). The course includes ten hours of video, and several live video conferences where I’ll be answering questions. Since we limit the size of the live classes to ensure every student has an opportunity to ask questions, you’ll want to sign up soon if you want to be a part of this.
In addition to the details on that link, I’ll be discussing some of the course content right here on this page in the few weeks leading up to the course. So keep checking back here for more.
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