One attack on Theism is that of the “problem of evil.” The argument goes like this:
- God is Omnipotent (all powerful)
- God is Benevolent (all loving)
- Evil exists, so God either is not able to destroy evil (not omnipotent), or not willing to destroy evil (not benevolent) but if he is missing one of those qualities than he is not God.
This argument is easily refuted in MANY different ways, when it is the God of the Bible (there is no other) the answers go like this:
1. God created man and woman with the potential for both Good and Evil. They sinned and now the whole creation is subject to sin and death without exception. (Genesis 3)
But then the problem comes did God not know that they were going to sin? The answer is yes he did and he also ordained that they sin. (but God is not the guilty party) Isaiah 45:7; Amos 3:6 Daniel 4:35
3. If God destroyed evil that means He will destroy millions of people, so each day He DOESN’T destroy evil, He is VERY loving.
5. God’s Glory is revealed through a sinful world. God reveals to us a multitude of His attributes including Love, Grace, Kindness, Justice, Mercy, Wrath, Power etc.