Over at Tough Questions Answered, I found an answer to a question I get all the time:
Now here is a question that many people struggle with. Here is how the argument generally goes:
- God is the Author of everything.
- Evil is something.
- Therefore, God is the Author of evil.
This is a valid syllogism, meaning that if premises 1 and 2 are correct, then the conclusion follows.
Looking at premise 1, is God the author of everything? Well, if he isn’t, then we don’t have a sovereign creator, but that’s what the Bible teaches. We can’t reject this premise.
Looking at premise 2, if we deny that evil exists, then we deny a basic truth about reality. There clearly is evil in the world and we all know it. To deny the existence of evil would be to deny a fundamental aspect of life.
Are we stuck? Not exactly.
Well, go on over there and see what the answer is, I’m not going to tell you.