Saturday, January 14, 2023

Why does evil exist?

Evil exists because God created a world where love is possible. A world where love is possible could not exist if evil was impossible because both love and evil cannot exist without the ability to choose. To exclude the possibility of evil from the world is to exclude the possibility of love also. 

Apparently, our Creator believes that a world where evil is possible is still better than a world where love, meaningful relationships, and the ability to choose are impossible; that a meaningful existence is better than a mechanical or robotic existence.

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“Reason dictates that persons who are truly noble and who love wisdom will honor and love only what is true. They will refuse to follow traditional viewpoints if those viewpoints are worthless...Instead, a person who genuinely loves truth must choose to do and speak what is true, even if he is threatened with death...I have not come to flatter you by this written petition, nor to impress you by my words. I have come to simply beg that you do not pass judgment until you have made an accurate and thorough investigation. Your investigation must be free of prejudice, hearsay, and any desire to please the superstitious crowds. As for us, we are convinced that you can inflict no lasting evil on us. We can only do it to ourselves by proving to be wicked people. You can kill us—but you cannot harm us.” From Justin Martyr's first apology 150 A.D. Martyred A.D. 160