Problem of Evil
The Problem of Evil, written by Peter Kreeft, discusses many concepts including eternal life, love, sins, and hell. Evil is a very commonly used word, defined by Google’s dictionary as “profoundly immoral and wicked”. “The problem of evil is the most serious problem in the world and the one serious objection to the existence of God,” a quote by Peter Kreeft.
The first objection is the problem with evil. Is hell crowded or empty? According to scripture, hell is not empty, there are at least three people in hell. The devil, and two prophets.Why God would allow evil to occur in His creation is something we ask ourselves. If God is so good, why is the world so bad? Drugs, forest fires and criminals are a few examples of what makes the world bad and yet people say God is good, but how if he lets things like forest fires, wars and unjustly death happen. The problem of evil that Kreeft talks about has four parts and the only cure to them is to forgive, to choose not to resent. Kreeft gives us four parts to the solution to the problem of evil. The first problem of evil is that evil is not a thing. All things are either the creators or the creatures created by the creator but everything God created is good. The argument against this is that if God is the creator of everything and evil is a thing, then God is the creator of evil. He didn’t create evil, and that’s Kreeft’s whole point throughout his article. God is Love, and Love is selfless. A selfless God would never want to force anything, so that’s why free will exists. Humans created evil. They created it by making a bad choice. Evil is not a thing but a wrong choice. Kreeft says evil is no more a positive thing than blindness is, but it is just as real. Evil is not a thing but it isn’t an illusion either. A common question we ask ourselves is why do bad things happen to good people?
The second problem is that the origin of evil is not the creator but the creature’s freely choosing sin and selfishness. Freely choosing is the key word in that. If we take away all the bad we would have heaven on earth. Saints endure the suffering and even embrace it like lovers embrace heroic challenges. But heroes don’t win, they usually lose everything but they do it because they are heroes, it is what makes them that way. The start of evil isn’t the creator but it is from the creators sins and selfishness.
The third is how to resolve the problem in practice, not just in theory; in life, not just in thought. Resolve the problem physically not just in theory or thought. Our part is to repent, to believe and to work with God. Kreeft says “The solution in practice is as strong and clear as the sun: it is the Son.”
Finally, the last problem is a philosophical problem. Why do bad things happen to good people? If you think you’re perfect and the things in your life makes it bad then you are doing something wrong. But if your life is a bad one but the things in it make your life good, then you’re doing it right. We all make decisions out of our free will that can symbolize evil. Your free will could end up in the option of rejecting God or accepting him. Evil is the test to see how strong your faith is.