It is an undeniable fact that there is evil in the world. Opponents of belief in God would have us believe that this fact proves the non-existence of God, but they are wrong. To see why, let’s briefly examine the nature of both God and evil.
First God. He is Necessary Being Who is necessarily omnipotent. Nothing is hard or impossible to Him. He is the Creator of the entire universe and everything within them, and yet He cannot possibly be the author of evil. God can do anything, it is true, but He cannot create evil. To see why, let’s move on to evil.
Technically, evil is not a thing. It does not exist in this sense. There is no material object any of us can point to and say, “That is evil.” The proper definition of evil, then, is an absence of goodness. God created everything to be good–including man’s free will–but when man abuses his free will he leaves a void. Where God created good, man refuses to comply. This means that evil stems wholly from man.
But what about the idea that God cannot create evil–doesn’t that imply a limitation? Not at all, if we remember that evil is not an existing thing. Evil is a contradiction, much like a square circle, and it is no limitation to say that God cannot create a contradiction. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. To say that a perfect and omnipotent God cannot create a contradiction is to affirm His perfection.
To bring things full circle, it must be said that the existence of evil in the world actually proves the existence of God. For how can there be an absence of goodness unless there exists an original, perfect order? The fact that man can choose evil proves a perfect order must have been planned, and that plan requires a planner. And who can create a perfect plan but our perfect, omnipotent God?