This is the third article I’ve written on an article the Problem of Evil. The first two laid out some of the reasons why we can still believe in an all powerful and all good God even though there is evil in the world. You can read the first two articles by clicking these links: Part One and Part Two.
This article is talking about some of the objections I often here against the explanations I gave. Hope you all enjoy!
I have given several elements now to explain how evil may exist in a world created by an all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good God and at this point I am sure there still exists many objections to my explanations. This has been a topic of philosophical and theological debate for centuries and I by no means expect to be able to put the subject to rest in a few blog posts, but I do wish to conclude this series with pointing out two false objections I believe often come up against what explanations I have given.
First, just because we don’t like an answer does not mean that it is an unreasonable answer. We must be careful to look at an explanation for what it is saying. Perhaps we feel that this explanation is not how we wish the world works, or how we would have made it if we were in charge. But truth is independent of our feelings toward it, truth is dependent on its association with reality. I don’t like the fact that I don’t have a million dollars but me not liking that fact doesn’t change it. I may not like that God allows evil, but that does not mean God does not exist or that He does not allow evil.
Second, an explanation must be rejected within the worldview that it associates with. If a Hindi were to reject these explanations on the basis that they do not fit the character of God they worship they are taking the explanations out of the context of the worldview it is seeking to justify. Rejecting an explanation on these grounds saying a key doesn’t work to open door ‘a’ because the key doesn’t work to open door ‘b’. The key was not meant to open door ‘b’, it was meant to open door ‘a’ and if it does that job then you can’t reject it on those grounds.