The article about the problem of evil outlines the most serious problem and the one serious objection to the existence of God. When Thomas Aquinas wrote his great, Summa Theologica, he could only find two objections for the existence of God. One of the two objections is the apparent ability of natural science to explain everything in our experience without God. The second objection is the problem of evil. 

There are four parts to the solution to the problem of evil. The first one being that evil is not a thing or a being but a wrong choice. All things created are created by the creator. We tend to picture evil as a thing like a black cloud or a very dangerous storm, except these ideas are misleading. Evil is not a thing though, it is a wrong choice or the damage done by a wrong choice. 

The second part to the solution is the origin of evil. The origin of evil is not the creator but the creature’s freely choosing sin and selfishness. If you were to take away sin, you would have heaven on Earth. God is the source of all life and joy and therefore when a human goes against God, it loses all its life and joy. If the origin of evil is free will, and God is the origin of free will, then wouldn’t God be the origin of evil? Some people may ask the question being “Does God have free choice”? The answer that best reflects the question being asked is yes. 

The third part to the solution is how to resolve the problem in practise and not just in theory. This is the most important part of the solution when it comes to the problem of evil. Although evil is a serious problem for thought, because it seems to disprove the existence of God, it is even more of a problem in life. It is more of a problem in life because it is the real exclusion for God. God’s solution to the problem of evil is his son Jesus Christ. The father’s love sent his son to die for us. Love is the response from evil choice. The cross is God’s part of the solution to evil. According to the Gospel, is to repent, to believe and to work with God in fighting evil by the strong power of love. 

The final part to the solution is the philosophical problem. Why do bad things happen to good people? This question brings up three questionable assumptions. The first one being who’s to say we are good people? Sinners think they are saints, but saints know they are sinners. No one is good but God alone. The second assumption is who’s to say suffering is all bad? Life without suffering would produce spoiled brats not joyful saints. Suffering can work for the greater good of wisdom. The last assumption is who’s to say we have to know all God’s reasons. Animals can’t understand much about us so why should we be able to understand everything about God? 

All of these solutions help us understand the problem of evil and how it relates to the existence of God. 

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