The Existence of Evil is
Evidence God Exists
This is excerpted from a longer article on
the topic of evil and suffering.
SKEPTIC: If God exists and is loving He would put an end to evil. If He is all-powerful, He could put an end to evil. Since evil persists, the all-loving, all-powerful God described in the Bible must not exist.
CHARLIE: Well, I disagree. I think the existence of evil is actually proof that God exists.
SKEPTIC: Are you serious?
CHARLIE: Dead serious.
Atheists face a big dilemma when they point at things in the world and say, “God would not allow this evil to take place.”
Here’s the problem. There can be no such thing as evil apart from the existence of God. Why not?
Without God, without a moral law giver, we would not have any objective (real) standards (laws) by which we might deem something to be evil. We would not be able to conclusively say, “Kidnapping children and murdering them is evil.”We could say, "We don't like these things." But we could not call that kind of behavior evil (that which is morally wrong). It would just be a matter of opinion (one man's opinion against another's).
In an atheistic universe, where no moral laws really exist, there could be no such thing as evil. And yet evil does exist! The existence of evil is the number one reason most atheists give as to why they don’t believe in God. They are convinced that there is evil. They point to things like slavery, racism, rape, kidnapping, molesting children, murder, and they say, “These things are truly evil.” And rightly so! These things are evil!
Well, it is this evil that actually exists that verifies there is an actual, objective, real moral law in the universe. But there can be no such thing as an objective moral law apart from a moral law giver, God.
So, the reality of evil is actually evidence for the existence of God, not against—which is amazing really! Because the problem of evil is often considered to be their strongest argument against God. And yet when thoughtfully considered, the reality of evil actually turns out to be evidence for God!
SKEPTIC: Well, that’s an interesting way to look at it Charlie, but if God exists, He should put an end to the evil and suffering.
CHARLIE: I agree. And He will. Just because He has not yet put an end to evil, does not mean that He will not put an end to evil. The Bible tells us that God is going to put an end to the evil and suffering that's taking place on the Earth. John the apostle tells us that in the new Heavens and new Earth (that God is going to create)...
So, God is going to end evil and suffering. It’s just going to happen according to His timing, not ours.
SKEPTIC: Great, but why doesn’t He just intervene right now and put an end to all the evil we see?
CHARLIE: Well, think through this with me. For God to put an end to evil and suffering, God would have to stop every act that causes any suffering. To do that, He would have to stop those who cause the suffering.
This would include:
• anyone who has ever stolen anything
The list would not only include those who were caught causing the suffering but all those who never got caught. And not only would the list include those who broke our government’s laws but all those who deviated from God’s standard of righteousness.
CHARLIE: That list is going to be pretty long isn’t it?
SKEPTIC: I guess so.
CHARLIE: Wouldn’t that mean He would have to put a stop to you too? Haven’t you, by your own actions, caused some of the suffering that exists in the world?
SKEPTIC: Ohh...I guess so.
CHARLIE: Well, then, you should be thankful God allows evil. God has not destroyed evil because He would have to destroy us. By permitting evil and suffering to continue for the time being, God is actually showing the world mercy.
SKEPTIC: I never thought about it like that.
CHARLIE: Now, as I said a moment ago, there is coming a day when God will stop evil (2 Peter 3:7-13). He will judge unrepentant sinners, put them away forever, and create a new Earth where there will no longer be any death, mourning, crying, or pain (Revelation 20-22).
In the meantime, God is using the suffering that exists for good. (See Gen. 50:20, Rom. 8:28, Philippians 1:12). Often, when a person is suffering, they turn to God and receive the kind of help they truly need, a relationship with God Himself.
For more help regarding the topic of evil and suffering and why
God allows it, see Charlie Campbell's DVD:
If God is Loving, Why is There Evil and Suffering?
ABOUT CHARLIE H. CAMPBELL
Charlie Campbell is the Director of the Always Be Ready Apologetics Ministry and a popular guest speaker at churches and conferences. He is the author of numerous articles, books, and DVDs, including:
• Scrolls & Stones: Compelling Evidence the Bible Can Be Trusted
His DVDs and books have been endorsed by Norman Geisler, Charles Colson, Chuck Smith, Ed Hindson, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Jeremy Camp, and many others.WOULD YOU LIKE TO SCHEDULE CHARLIE TO TEACH?