There seems to be a contradiction by the affirming of all four of these propositions:
• God exists
• God is all-good
• God is all-powerful
• Evil exists
Because is God is real, all good and all-powerful, then evil would not exist.
Or God is real, all good, but not all-powerful and this is why evil exist.
Or God is real but not all good, so in power he created evil.
Or lastly God is not real and evil therefore exists.
Or are they all right!?
The problem with this argument has to do with the arrangement of this argument. “Evil” is spoken of as a being, as a thing. But evil is not a thing or a being.
“Things are not evil in themselves. For instance, a sword is not evil. Even the stroke of the sword that chops off your head is not evil in it’s being—in fact, unless it is a “good” stroke, it will not chop off your head. Where is the evil? It is in the will, the choice, the intent, the movement of the soul, which puts a wrong order into the physical world of things and acts—the order between the sword and a neck… Augustine defines evil as disordered love, disordered will. It is a wrong relationship, a nonconformity between our will and God’s will. God did not make it we did.”
(this quote and the one above were taken from Pocket Handbook of Christian Apologetics, by Peter Kreeft & Ronald K. Tacelli, Pg 45,46.)
God cannot create evil, because in him there is not evil, there is no disunity in his persons. God is holy, united, perfect love. However, as created beings we are not perfectly united with our creator, we live in relationship with Him. In that relationship there is an ebb and flow. The further our relationship grows apart from God the more “evil” we become in our heart, minds, and actions. Likewise, the closer we draw to God, and unify ourselves with him, the less evil we become in our heart, mind, and actions, or the more holy our heart, mind, and actions become.
Evil will always exists until man becomes perfectly united with God.
This is why Jesus prayed, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:20-23
*So in one sense God did create evil, because he did create something different than himself, which opened Pandoras box for evil. However, looking at it from another direction God did not create evil. He created us and we created evil… So can we really blame God?