Answering the Skeptic- How Can God Exist If Evil Exists?

As Christians, we’ve probably all heard the claim/question of the skeptics: there is so much evil and suffering in the world, so how can there be a God? This claim/question is self-defeating. Let us demonstrate with 3 main points.

Good and Evil Exist

  • If there is such a thing as evil in the world, then there must be such a thing as good.

When someone says something is “evil,” what standard are they basing that statement upon? Their own? Their culture’s? In other words, how do they know it’s evil? By stating something is evil, then there must be a differentiation between that thing and another thing that is not evil, that is, good.

Moral Law Exists

  • If there’s such a thing as good, there must be a moral law, which differentiates between good and evil.

When someone states that something is “good,” what standard is used to measure its goodness? Their own? Their culture’s? To call something good, there must be a standard of right/wrong. We call this standard the moral law.

A Moral Law Giver Exists

  • If there’s a moral law, there must be a moral law giver, which is God.

The moral law must originate somewhere. At this point, there are only two options: either the person is the moral law giver, and therefore God, or God exists outside of the person. And since the questioner posits the existence of evil outside of their control, they clearly are NOT God. Therefore, God exists.

But that’s precisely what the question is intended to disprove! Let’s work backwards.

So….if there’s no moral law giver (God), there is no moral law. With no moral law, there cannot be good. Without good, there is no evil. What then is the question? We cannot posit the existence of evil without the existence of God imbedded in the question! The question simply cannot legitimately exist.

God must be in the questioner’s assumptions. Now the question is not how to solve the problem or question, but rather how to resolve it. Let’s explore one way to resolve the issue.

Love

Love is the ultimate ethic, in every culture, in every place, and at all times. Freedom is essential for the existence of love. You cannot compel love. You can compel behavior, but not love. Love consists of expression, choice and commitment. So where love is the supreme ethic, freedom must, by definition, be a necessary component.

So in the world that God has placed us, we’re allowed the freedom to choose between obedience and disobedience to His moral law, as well as suffer the consequences of other people making the same choice. We’re given the ultimate ethic of love as codified in God’s moral law, the 10 commandments, the foundation of His throne and character.

We’ll further explore this subject in other posts at a later time. If you liked this post, make sure to check out “Proof of God.”

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