An Answer to the Problem of Evil

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  1. DeusExMachina

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    he problem of evil is something I have struggled with for a very long time, as you may know. In fact, I might even go as far as to admit that it has served as a kind of road block to my growing in faith. Wherefore, I'm quite pleased that I seem to have found an answer. I remember reading a quote from some long-gone pope that although shedding one drop of Christ's would have been sufficient to save the human race, he suffered pain and death on the cross to demonstrate his love for us. I believe the same is true about evil; God could perfect and purify the whole world from sin in an instant if he wished to do so, but he chooses not to, in order to show his love for us in spite of our sinful nature.
    I would be delighted to hear what you all think of my revelation.
     
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    The problem of evil is something akin to the problem of freedom. As a youngster I had no idea why we needed to have a winter. Sometime in my late teens I was living on the North Coast of Papua New Guinea and what one might call an endless summer. Soon enough I, and many around me realised the need for variety, and every now and again we would fly to the mountains for a few days of winter (well autumn maybe). Life needs texture.

    As a parent I discovered that children need to be loved, without needing to love everything they do. As a parent, it is important that I don't allow my need to be loved to overcome my need to love them, which means sometimes they don't like things I do or say. They have no need to love me, no requirement, and any love I receive from them is a blessing and it is freely given and received.

    God loves us. His need to love us is so great that it overcomes his need to be loved by us. The love we give in return to God is freely given. If it was not freely given then it could not be love in a meaningful sense, because freedom is part of the nature of love.

    Evil is the roadblock, the bondage that holds us back from doing what we truly desire to do.

    I think this is the matter that Paul talks about in Romans 7.19

    For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.
    I guess that means that you and I are not alone in the struggle, but in company with greatness.
     
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    God is omnipotent therefore does not need to love us, He does not need anything. The fact that He does love us is an act of His will which we receive as grace from heaven
     
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