How Could A Good God Allow Suffering?

This objection says, “If God is good and powerful, he would not allow pointless evil. But since there is a great deal of pointless evil, God cannot be both good and powerful. Some other kind of god, or no god, may exist, but not the God of the Bible.”  (23)

However, there is a problem with this reasoning. It assumes that, if evil appears pointless to me, it must actually be pointless. A massive, blind “faith” is placed in our ability to figure it all out.

In addition to this logical flaw, this objection does not match with our experience. Many of us can think of something in our own lives that was bad, and didn’t make any sense at the time, but turned out for our good. For example, one of my (Bryan’s) sons has autism, but that disappointment has allowed me to connect with others who are struggling with their own disappointment.  If, with time, we can see at least some of the good that can come with suffering, it’s not that big of a stretch to envision that God can see all of it.  (24-25)

So, if God is great enough for us to be angry with because he could, but doesn’t, stop evil and suffering, then he is also great enough to have good reasons for allowing it to continue that we simply can’t see.


About Bryan Stoudt

On my personal website (, I help Christians follow Jesus in a noisy, broken world. I also have the privilege of helping Philadelphia's healthcare students and professionals do this as Area Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA). More information at On a personal note, I'm fortunate to be married to my wonderful wife, Sharon. Together, we have four fantastic children. In my spare time, I enjoy roasting coffee, running, reading and learning foreign languages.
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