This is a common question that will be presented to every Christian at some point in their walk of faith. When it comes to you, will you be able to answer it? For me, the complexity of the possible responses that come to mind can be dizzying and unsatisfying to say the least. That is, until God gave me the very simple and clear answer that I am about to share with you.
I am convinced that God, though His wisdom is far greater then our own, understands our limitations and speaks to us with simplicity. He wants us to understand, but He also wants us to seek His wisdom and not rely on our own. So when faced with questions like these don’t feel pressured to provide any answer for the sake of having an answer (that’s pride). Take time to seek God and He will reveal the most complex truths in the simplest ways.
So for me, when questioning “Why does Evil Exist?” God simply said, “Why is there cold? Why is there darkness? Why is there sadness? Why is there evil? With those simple words it all finally made since. You see cold does not actually exist in and of itself, but rather cold is simply the absence of heat. Likewise, Darkness does not exist in and of itself but rather, it is the absence of light. What is sadness but the absence of joy? In that moment I understood that evil does not exist in and of itself either, but rather is the absence of love. That is to say, the absence of God since 1 John 4 tells us that God “is” love. What can create an absence of God? Only we can do that, when we choose to push him away. So what we are really asking is, “Why does God allow… us?” and the answer is simple … Because God is love.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” –John 3:16