Since moral and natural evil exist in the world can God be both good and loving?

The answer to this question begins with the creation of the universe by God. “God saw all that He had made, and behold it was very good.” [Genesis 1:31] God created humans in His own image. He gave humans a free will so they would not be robots, but someone who could voluntarily decide to accept Him, love Him and serve Him or reject Him. In the perfect garden of Eden, He gave Adam and Eve one negative command “from the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat” [Genesis 2:17]

However, we know Eve and Adam were tempted by Satans lies and they voluntarily took the fruit and ate. From that day forward death was the result for all men and women and they live a life of trouble and toil. [Genesis 3]. The creation itself groans and suffers [Romans 8:19-23].

Because the natural environment was corrupted as a result of the sin of Adam and Eve there are earthquakes, hurricanes and other events called natural disasters or evil today.

Because people have a free will they choose to do evil things like the recent mass murders of people in the USA and all over the world. So both moral and natural evil result from God creating people with a free will. However, God provided a way of escape because He is both good and loving.

Throughout the Bible, promises are made for a Savior who would provide relief from His banishment because of sin. About 2,000 years ago the first part of this promise was fulfilled when Jesus came to earth as a baby, lived, was crucified, buried, arose the 3rd day and 40 days later ascended to heaven. He left with the promise that He would return and have the final victory over sin and those who reject Him. This is a well-documented set of events. For evidence click from Lee Strobel here, J. Warner Wallace here, and Josh & Sean McDowell here.

Therefore, each person has the opportunity to believe in Jesus and receive eternal life with Jesus on earth and later in eternity. For help with this question click here.

Henry Luke 7/17/2018

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