We need evil to see God’s love
Without evil, we would not be able to see God's love.
God gave us free will. God accepts evil as a necessary consequence of human free will.
God gave humans free will. While God is benevolent, omniscient and omnipotent, through the preservation of free will humans are able to choose evil over good.
God protects human free will above all else. While they have the ability to end evil, God chooses not to because to do so would infringe on humans’ ability to choose evil over good, and in doing so would remove human free will. God wills that humans should have free will more than he wills that evil should not exist.
If God permits evil to protect free will, God cannot be exclusively good. For God to be benevolent and exclusively good, nothing can be more good than God. If we can imagine an alternative divine being that did not permit evil, even if it meant sacrificing an element of free will, then this supreme being would be “more good” than God. Because we can contemplate another supreme being “more good” than God, God cannot be the “most good” divine being we can imagine. Therefore, God cannot be all good, and therefore, cannot be benevolent. This leaves a situation where either God is not exclusively good or does not exist. Either one is catastrophic for our understanding of God. Additionally, while the preservation of free will above all else adequately explains evil as a result of human behaviour, it cannot account for evils that lie beyond our control. For example, childhood cancer is not the result of human free will. It could be eradicated without infringing on our free will.
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[P1] God gave humans free will. [P2] Evil is a necessary side effect of free will. [P3] Therefore, God allows evil to protect human free will. [P4] Therefore, God has ordained evil.
[Rejecting P2] Not all evil is the result of human free will. [Rejecting P4] If God ordains evil then God is not all-good.
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