In my philosophy class we’re ” putting God on trial”. Half the class is defending Him and the other half the class is persecuting Him for allowing evil to happen. I know God doesn’t need defending, and He is the One that judges not us but just deal for now. My professor gave us a true case about a 13-year-old boy who was punished by his parents for being bad. They tied him to a tree over night then let him go the next day. That night they tied him to the tree again for misbehaving. He was tied there for 18 hours and ended up dying of dehydration. You can read the whole story here http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/3048420/. This is a question that a lot of people have trouble with. How can a perfect, powerful, loving God allow such horrendous things to happen in the world? I have a few thoughts on this. The first one is that as ants living on a speck in a dust cloud that is our galaxy we do not get to define what “good” or “evil” is. Whether we like the way things look we don’t get to define if it’s good or evil, God does. Francis Chan has a quote that is pretty funny, it goes “You might have a better way to do things, but you don’t have a universe. When you have a universe you can do things your way”. My second thought is that we can’t see the long-term or extensive effects of the evil. Not only for the people it’s happening to, but how it affects the people who are helping those in need. Romans 8:28 says “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” and in Jeremiah 29:11 God says “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Neither of these passages say God is going to make our entire lives butterflies and rainbows. They say that for Gods people the end result is going to be good. You could take this to the big picture and say that anyone that loves Jesus will have a good result in the end, because at the end of everything is death and faith in Christ makes death a doorway to a future hope. In 1 Timothy Paul talks about how he would rather die and go hang out with Christ, but it is more productive for him to stay and do good works. To him living was more of a burden than dying, but we view death as evil. My third thought is that we should not be complaining about the “evil” we’re going through. We were/are enemies of God. We broke His laws even it’s only lying, James 2:10 says ” Whoever keeps the whole law but fails at one point has become accountable for all of it” God has the right to put us through more punishment than He currently is. He could have made it so as soon as you sinned you were chained up in a chamber where you are eternally on fire and being eaten alive by savage wolves that never die, and you continuously regenerate so you are there forever. That’s not happening so stop complaining. He provided a way out of the eternal punishment He has planned for sin, but we ask for a way out of the temporary growing pains we go through too?! Big babies. God is perfect, good, and He created everything. By definition anything He chooses to do it automatically the right thing. God is way smarter, way bigger, way more powerful than you or me. In Psalm 46:10 God says “Be still, and know that I am God…”, what I kinda get out of that is that He is saying “Just chill guys, I got this under control”.