The Bible unquestionably states that God knows all things. He knows the beginning and the end. He is omniscient. He knows everything there is to know, including our past and our future. Yet, the question persists, “Why does God still create humans who turn out evil and do evil things?”
To tackle this difficult question, we need to go back to our original foundation of using God’s Word to construct our answer, since our human minds simply cannot comprehend on its own the wisdom of God. Let’s start by remembering that evil (sin) entered into the world through Adam, the first man. This is very important because we have now inherited a sinful nature from this one act of disobedience. Without Christ in our lives, all we can do and hope to do is sin. By nature, we are all anti-God. In fact, even people whom we respect and adore the most on earth have the capacity to do the greatest type of evil.
So, why does God allow this world to continue in its present sinful condition?
Once again, the answer is love. It is God’s utmost desire for all people to come into a personal relationship of trust and faith in him. His awesome love for us can never be held in greater display than the sacrifice of his one and only son. Jesus became our substitute on the cross so we may be proclaimed sinless before God. It took the sacrifice of his Son to bring all sinners, including you and me, back home to him. Yes, our sins cause bad things to happen. Some worse than others. Since God is omniscient, he can use instances of evil for his good purpose.
In the New Testament parable of the weeds and the wheat, Jesus tells us that evil will be planted among the good and it is not up to us to pass judgment. Why? Because we are all weeds. It is only God who can transform us to be wheat. Most will reject Him and God allows this to happen, but he alone will make the final judgment.
The question before us is simple: Is Jesus Lord of our lives or is he not? Faith alone causes us to believe and accept God’s love for us.
** This question and answer was inspired from the book, “Letters from a Skeptic” by Dr. Gregory A Boyd and Edward K. Boyd, Chariot Victor Publishing, 1994.