The Bible is clear that God is holy, righteous, just, and sovereign. It is obvious from these descriptions and so many more that God doesn’t like evil and has the ability to end it. So why does God allow evil? Why can’t God just remove the evil so everyone can go to heaven?
When we look at it, God could change everyone’s personality so that they cannot sin. This would also mean that we would not have a free will. We would not be able to choose right or wrong because we would be “programmed” to only do right. Had God chosen to do this, there would be no meaningful relationships between Him and His creation
Instead, God made Adam and Eve innocent but with the ability to choose good or evil. Because of this, they could respond to His love and trust Him or choose to disobey. They chose to disobey.
We live in a real world where we can choose our actions but not their consequences, their sin affected those who came after them (us). Similarly, our decisions to sin have an impact on us and those around us and those who will come after us. God allows evil so that we can freely seek him.
God could compensate for people’s evil actions through some type of intervention. God could stop a drunk driver from causing an automobile accident. God could stop a lazy construction worker from doing a poor job on a house that would later cause grief to the homeowners. God could stop a father who is addicted to drugs or alcohol from doing any harm to his wife, children, or extended family. God could stop gunmen from robbing banks. God could stop high school bullies from tormenting the brainy kids. God could stop thieves from shoplifting. And, yes, God could stop terrorists from flying airplanes into buildings.
While this solution sounds attractive, it would lose its beauty as soon as God’s intervention infringed on something we wanted to do. We want God to prevent horribly evil actions, but we are willing to let “lesser-evil” actions slide—not realizing that those “lesser-evil” actions are what usually lead to the “greater-evil” actions.
Should God only stop actual sexual affairs, or should He also block our access to pornography or certain television shows, or end any inappropriate, but not yet sexual, relationships? Should God stop “real” thieves, or should He also stop us from cheating waiters out of a tip? Should God only stop murder, or should He also stop the “lesser-evil” actions done to people that lead them to commit murder? Should God only stop acts of terrorism, or should He also stop the indoctrination that transformed a person into a terrorist? God allows evil so that we can freely seek him.
Another choice God could make would be for him to judge and remove those who choose to commit evil acts. The problem with this possibility is that there would be no one left, for God would have to remove us all. We all sin and commit evil acts. Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
While some people do more sin, where would God draw the line?
Ultimately, all evil causes harm to others. Instead of these options, God has chosen to create a “real” world in which real choices have real consequences.
Any other choice removes man’s freewill and turns us into robots before God.