...is to teach us to be good.
Last post we saw the primary reason God allows evils is to bring about a
greater good but that raises the question: does God desire evil? Does
he want us to do awful things to each other so he can use them? If God
is all-powerful then nothing can happen that opposes his will and if
he’s all-good then his will can’t be for us to commit evil, right?
This reasoning sounds compelling until we remember our childhood. I
can think of many times it was my parents’ will that I clean my room but
it was also their will that I have the freedom to clean it or wallow in
my piles of dirty laundry, Legos, and G.I. Joes. My room being messy
was opposed to their will but they allowed it to teach me responsibility
(well, they hoped I’d learn responsibility) by showing me that a clean
room is better than a messy one.
In the same way, God allows us
to do bad things to each other and to ourselves so that we learn not to
do them anymore. God doesn’t want to be the parent who says “because I
said so”. He wants us to take him at his word but when we don’t we
have the freedom to crash and burn to prove to ourselves that he was
right all along.
This is yet another reason Catholics believe an all-good God allows evil.