Sunday, July 1, 2012

Why Is There Evil in the World

The Garden of Eden with the Fall of Man (about 1615) by Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder.
If God is all powerful, loving, and in total control, the natural question would be why is there suffering and evil in the world? Unde Malum, where does evil come from? We can go back to the enlightenment and talk about Descartes, Hume, and an anthropocentric view of humanity but the long and short of it can be explained by the first reading from today's Eucharistic celebration:

Wisdom 1:13–15; 2:23–24
God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living. For he fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome, and there is not a destructive drug among them nor any domain of the netherworld on earth, for justice is undying. For God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he made him. But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world, and they who belong to his company experience it.

There is no dualism in God, he didn't create both good and evil, in fact he created man "very good"(Gen 1:31). His love for us is evident in our gift of free will. Either we enter into life through Christ; or death through the devil. It's our choice; choose wisely!!