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ing that is “evil” in the world. Ev-

erything that exists simply is what

it is. But we all know that real evil

does exist. Since it does, we know

that there must be something that

shows us the di erence between

what is evil and what is good.

erefore, if there are things that

are truly good and truly evil, then

God must exist. It turns out that

the fact that evil exists is a problem

for those who don’t believe in the

God of the Bible—not for those

who do.

e next question we need to

ask is, “Why would God allow evil,

pain, and su ering in the world?”

One of the main reasons for this

is because God wants people to

freely choose to do right. He could

have created a world of robot-like

people who always choose exactly

what is right, and they would not

bring su ering into the world. But,

because of His love, He gave people

the ability to choose.

A er God created the world,

He said everything was very good

(Genesis 1:31). However, Adam

and Eve sinned against God, and as

a result brought pain and su ering

into the world. God has always giv-

en humans the right to make their

own decisions. He did not create us

as robots that have no choices. In

Psalm 32:9, David wrote: “Do not

be like the horse or like the mule,

which have no understanding,

which must be harnessed with bit

and bridle, else they will not come

near you.” God has never forced

obedience upon humanity.

In addition, God has promised

us that there is more to life than

this world has to o er. He has

explained that our lives on Earth

are short compared to the eternity

that awaits us. ose who choose

to obey God can look forward to

an eternal life of joy and happiness.

e apostle Paul understood this

when he said: “Our light a iction

[the pain and su ering we experi-

ence in this life—KB], which is but

for a moment, is working for us

a far more exceeding and eternal

weight of glory” (2 Corinthians

4:17). God loves us and wants what

is best for us, and He has

promised to use the

pain and su ering we

experience in this

life to help us, as

long as we love

and obey Him

(Romans 5:3-5).

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