This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Why does God permit evil?

We must insist on the fact that in order for beings such as ourselves to exist, with ‘free wills,’ there must first be a world for us to populate in which there are things to choose from, and these choices must be qualitative—that is to say they must possess a moral dimension. In other words, we must be able to choose between good or evil. But if Adam ‘chose’ evil it could only have been because, as we have just said, it was ‘available’ and ready to be actualized. Evil presented itself to his will as a fork in the road presents itself to traffic. To say it another way, it is wrong to view Adam’s fall as ‘a moment in time’ when evil was brought into a perfect world, for it must necessarily have been there already. The world as such is mixed with ‘evil.’ To say it yet another way: God is good, and nothing else can claim to be good except God; hence Christ’s proclamation: ‘No one is good but God alone.’[1] The truth in Christ’s words is this: anything that is not God participates in evil; anything that is not God is lower than Gid—is ‘fallen.’ All creatures are ‘not good,’ fallen in nature, but this is not due to any action but due to their creature-hood. To pretend that Adam introduced evil into an absolutely perfect world is nonsense, since as already said a number of times, only God is perfect, and a ‘perfect world’ would be identical with God, and for Adam to ‘introduce’ evil into this perfection would amount to saying that Adam ‘created himself’ by introducing evil into God. I hope these explanations suffice, and the point of it all is to hopefully make clear that the question of ‘why evil exists’ is itself nonsensical: creation implies differentiation from the creator, and since ‘God alone is good,’ creation must necessarily be composed of good and evil, otherwise it would simply be ‘God,’ and not ‘creation.’ Evil exists because creation exists, and this answers the further question: why does God permit evil to exist? He does not ‘permit’ anything—He simply acts. He is act. To answer one final question, that which relates to God’s moral responsibility for evil, we can say simply that this also is a claim that, in the end, has no meaning. The Absolute is beyond relativity, the Creator beyond creation, and since the duality of good and evil belongs only to creation, God is thus beyond moral culpability. In other words, to try to speak of God’s actions in moral terms is to admit one’s ignorance of metaphysics and the nature of reality.

[1] Mark 10:18.

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