If God is Holy and Powerful, How can Evil Exist?



By human logic, the two of the three above statements taken together is mutually exclusive to the third statement. The three statements cannot occur at the same time.

If God is holy and all powerful, then there would be no evil. Of course, everyone agrees there is evil.

Could it be that God is not absolutely holy? Bible absolutely rejects that. God is absolutely holy. That cannot be contested.

God is not completely powerful hence there is evil? No, God is completely powerful. So are we in a bind? Yes. There are some common attempts at explanations.

  1. Evil is the absence of God similar to darkness being the absence of light. The explanation sounds good, but not completely satisfying. If God is absent in some area of the universe, then He is not all powerful. It would be like a king that cannot eliminate all resistance fighters. There would be pockets of territory that the king cannot control. Did God purposely withdraw his influence from parts of the universe and let evil fester? That would again be in conflict with God being completely holy.
  2. God gave man and Satan free choice. That is true, but the concept of evil is complicated. The theology of salvation needed to overcome sin is so complex that angels and even Satan did not understand. Sin in itself is very tenacious. It can be passed from person to person, and results in sin of the flesh, sin of the world and Satan’s domination over the world. Did Satan blind sighted God with the idea of evil, and God then had to fight it? No. Satan did not create evil and blind sighted God.
    If God was all powerful, Satan cannot be the originator of evil. Satan simply chose evil. God had the concept of evil before Satan. Question still remains, how can an absolutely holy God create the concept of evil.

Where did Evil Come From?

We know the Ten Commandments were from God. God defined what sin is in the Ten Commandments. God created the definition of sin.
Also, in Genesis 2:9, “And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow … The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” God created the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The tree belongs to God, and he created the concept of evil represented by the tree. Adam and Eve simply choose evil. Neither Adam, Eve nor the devil came up with the concept of evil. It was God’s tree. It cannot be said that God took Satan’s idea of evil and put it in his tree. Idea of evil came from God. Also, free choice was not truly free. It was a binary yes or no answer that came pre packaged. You either ate or you don’t. The fruit was not an ala-carte. You don’t get to pick what kind of evil you want whether you want to be the “Good Witch of the North” or the “Wicked Witch of the East”. God did not give Adam and Eve a blank canvas to define whatever evil they want. Fruit was a pre-packaged definition of evil. The fruit was created by God, and the definition of what constituted evil was created by God. Adam and Eve had no ability to create their custom kind of evil. Only God creates, we simply choose. Neither did Satan create the concept of evil before God.

Is God Evil? No

God is holy, so he cannot do evil. He will not tempt us with evil. Two main verses states that:
James 1:13–14 “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.”
1 John 1:5–6 “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”
God can create the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and only he can define what constitute sin. He gave us that knowledge with the Ten Commandments. He can create the concept of evil. Is important to state that defining what is evil both in the commandments and the tree of knowledge of good and evil is different from God being evil.
If I build a card house and made a bowling ball, I did not destroy the card house. I tell my children not to touch the bowling ball. They have the free will to enter the room and do as they please. Inevitably, the bowling ball will be used again the card house. However, I still would not be the destroyer of the card house. I am the builder of card houses, and I cannot takedown.
Do we have a problem with God and Evil? Yes
From a human logic point of view, we do have a problem. Remember, humans are also pretty feeble. We are low in the totem pole. Hebrew 2:7 “thou have made him a little lower than the angels;” Our logic is simplistic point to point. To us, one plus one can only be two. To God, one plus one can be anything he defines it to be.
Isaiah 55:8–9 gives us some ideas ““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
God certainly do not think like we do. His thoughts are very different than ours. God said killing is a sin because he said so. God told the Israelites to annihilate their enemy. That is holy because God said so. The Israelites spared the life of some enemies, and that was a sin because God said so. God defines what good and evil are.


How do we resolve the problem of an all-powerful, holy God and evil ? Easy, we don’t!

The wonderful thing about faith is God can say anything, and we have no problem with it. God said he is holy, we say yes. He said he is all powerful, we say yes. There is evil in the universe, but God is holy. Why not, we just say yes. With faith, we just accept contradictory principles. We are like little children. Parents say there is Santa Clause, and we believe. Except our heaven parent is God. He tells us what is good, and we believe. There does not need to be any reasons.
1 Corinthians 1:18–19 “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.””
Faith by definition is foolishness to the world. Faith is spiritual. The world is physical. Hebrews 11:6, is impossible to please God without faith.

Are Christians Rational? Yes, but only on earth.

Yes, Christians have to be very rational on things pertaining to us on this earth. We are not to be rational with thing pertaining to God up in his heaven where his thoughts are above our thoughts. We do not use our reasoning to mind God’s business and determine if God deserve to exist or not. Christians are not to entertain arguments on whether God is right or wrong. That is what faith is for. Those who wants to challenge God find faith to be foolish as written in 1 Corinthians 1:18. Human logic will never understand God. It is important to note that when God seems illogical to us, it is not because our logic is so superior that we just stumped God. We like to think we have God cornered, and our reasoning is so superior to God. Of course, the reality is quite pathetic for us. It will be like the battle of Armageddon in Revelation. Is so obvious humans cannot beat God in a fight, but mass of people will try and become an instant blood bath. You ask have they lost their mind. We will truly have lost our minds to think we can challenge God with our logic. Use earthly logic where it belong to figure out what we need to please God. Leave heavenly logic to the realm of God.
Romans 9:20–21 “But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?”
We are not the ones to ask God why he made the universe the way it is. s fit for the kingdom of God.
Yes, set your eyes on eternity and don’t you dare to look back.