God is described to be all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving. But if this is so, then why is there evil in the world? Let me explain.
Could God use his powers to prevent all evil? If not then he is not all-powerful.
What if he does not know that evil is taking place? Then he is not all-knowing.
What if he does not want to prevent the evil? Then he is not all-loving.
It is therefore impossible for both evil and an all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving God to exist simultaneously. As we know there is evil in the world, God as he is described, cannot exist.
This is known as “The Problem Of Evil” and first described by Epicurus. When I first heard it, it shook my faith and led to me begin to question my belief in God.
I have heard religious people claim that God allows evil because he does not want to interfere with our free will. This is absurd on many levels. If he did not want to interfere, why reveal himself in the Bible? Why command us to worship him (The First Commandment)? Why send Jesus to Earth? Why perform miracles? Why send us to Hell if we don’t worship him? Threatening someone with torture counts as interfering with their free will.
Others claim God is mysterious and doesn’t explain himself to us. This is also absurd. Why would God give us the Bible if we could never understand him? Why does the Bible claim it is the Word of God? Why do churches claim that if we follow their rules we will go to heaven, if God does not explain himself? Why worship something we cannot understand?
There is no getting away from the logical impossibility. There cannot be a perfect God and evil at the same time.