There are four parts to the problem of evil; evil is not a thing, an entity or a being, God did not create evil, how to resolve the problem of evil and the philosophical problem. In the article, Kreeft shares his take on the problem of evil and proposes a way it can be managed. Evil is a complicated topic that isn’t easily defined as one thing. It cannot be easily solved or it may never be solved. God suggests many way that can be put into actions to make moral decisions in order to help eliminate evil. God does not punish us for our sins or wrong doings, only advises us otherwise in indirect ways. Taking a leap to faith and embracing his teachings will then help us to steer our decisions to the more honourable one rather than giving into evil.
The first part to the problem of evil is the concept of evil being more of an abstruse idea rather than a thing, being or an entity. God being the creator of all things did not create one single evil thing for he is known as the creator of all things good. We often picture evil as an adverse event or spiritual being, but evil cannot be defined as one specific object, it is only an idea. The source of evil isn’t the devil, as many people believe it to be. Sometimes people use the devil as the main being who tempts you to do bad things, but in reality it’s just your darker inner thoughts or a temporary absence of conscience. Your morals control your thoughts into doing the right thing and following God’s teachings. Evil is simply the absence of good.
Evil is more specifically, one’s behaviour or wrong choices rather than the more general statement of evil being an idea. When one chooses to do something that is wrong it is that action that is evil and the outcomes and consequences that come after it. The outcomes of the wrong choices have the power to create a ripple effect creating more evil as it progresses until it is terminated by . Fear plays a large roll in the choice of evil. It is one’s fear that pushes them to giving in. The choice of evil cannot be completely brought on by one thing it is one’s free choice that sacrifices themselves to evil. Often we blame another person or situation and forget that free choice is always present. We have the potential to do good or evil with every choice we make using our free will. One will never lose their free choice even when temptation is weighing heavily on them therefore, we sacrifice ourselves and give into evil.
The most important part to the problem of evil is how we solve it. God teaches us to simply do good and love your neighbor. The concept of loving your neighbor ties in how to decrease the amount of hatred that brings about immoral actions that can be seen as evil. Our hopes are to prevent these waves of evil by living by God’s teachings. As more people embrace his teachings these actions will then counteract the waves of evil and has the ability to correct these wrong actions and make something good of it, therefore stopping the evil and creating good. In this case it is up to the person whether it progresses based on their willingness.
The last part to the problem of evil is the philosophical problem. It includes the question, “why do bad things happen to good people?” But perhaps the question we should be asking is whose to say we are good people? Everyone who has ever walked this earth has sinned. The second part of the philosophical problem explores the idea of suffering being a part of life that makes us more knowledgeable. Peter kreeft says that, without suffering we would become spoiled brats and tyrants. Suffering is essential to learn in life without it we would never learn from our past experiences that initiated suffering. The third component to the philosophical problem is that we will never know God’s reasons as to why what happens, happens. This concept ties in taking a leap to faith, rather a leap of faith. Because we don’t know God’s reasoning we must take a leap to faith and trust that it will lead us in the right direction.
The problem of evil probably never will be completely solved because temptation will forever remain. God gave us free will in order to be in control of our choices. With these choices we become wiser as each one is made, learning from the wrong ones. It is our responsibility to choose good and take a leap to faith in order to spread good will in hopes of stopping evil.