“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
Epicurus – Ancient Greek philosopher
Thought for the day: where does evil and suffering come from? Does God cause it?
The first thing to be said here is that this question has plagued some of the world’s finest minds for millennia (including the Greeks, who were the first organised askers of most pertinent questions). An agreed straightforward answer has not been forthcoming.
No Saint, Mystic or World scripture has ever been written that clearly answers the question. Believe me I’ve looked. The Bible itself doesn’t give a definitive answer.
Why would an all good, all powerful God allow such evil and suffering into the world? Well, the first thing to say is that most suffering in the world is caused by humans, not God. It has been thus since Adam and Eve rebelled back in the day.
But what about the suffering not caused by humans, the cancers, natural disasters?
Good question. The only real honest answer here is that it’s a mystery. We must have faith in the silence, and believe that things will turn out for good in the end.
I’m sure God’s got a good reason for allowing evil. As the saying goes, just because you can’t think of a good reason why God would allow evil and suffering, doesn’t mean there isn’t one.
To finish this (v short) exploration of the topic: I’d like to leave you with my favourite quote on the mystery of evil:
“Any God small enough to be understood wouldn’t be big enough to be worshipped.” – Evelyn Underhill