I have run into the argument plenty of times in various forms and I am sure many of you have as well. If God is absolutely good and all-powerful, why is there evil in the world? The question takes many forms, including the most unusual one I have seen recently, “why won’t God heal amputees?”
I was very intrigued by a column by Vox Day today at WorldNetDaily that tackled this very issue in a rather interesting way. I have made some variation of this argument before, but I have never seen it stated so succinctly as he concludes:
If evil did not exist, then man would not be condemned by God. If man were not condemned by God, there would have been no reason for Jesus Christ to incarnate, to die and to rise again to pay the price of man’s redemption. Therefore, while one may use the problem of evil to argue against the existence of an omnibenevolent and omnipotent God, only an irrational fool would attempt to use the problem of evil as the basis of an argument against the existence of the Christian God or the tenets of the Christian faith.
The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.– John 7:7
I invite you to meander over and take a look at Vox’s logic. What do you think? Is this a good way to handle the question of evil?