Friday, February 1, 2013

Yet another reason Catholics believe our all-good God allows evil... so that greater good can come out of it.

We need to be clear that we don’t believe God desires our suffering but he does desire good for us and it’s often through suffering that we see the greatest good. Without evil there would be good; but it wouldn’t be as good as it could be.

For example, when I pray for patience it seems my little rascals act worse! On reflection it’s clear that I wouldn’t grow in patience if my kids were completely compliant and I always get everything I want exactly when I want it. Just like a difficult math problem helps a person get better at math a difficult situation can help a person grow in virtue.

This applies to all of the virtues. We can love but consider how much deeper love is after having to forgiven or be forgiven. We can be willing to sacrifice ourselves for loved ones but without adversity and temptations to selfishness we’d never be able to put this virtue into practice. Even the Fall of Adam & Eve and the crucifixion of Christ brought about the greatest good; Christ’s resurrection and our ability to participate in it.

No one is saying that evil is fun to experience and no one is saying God created or desired it but what we do say is God allows it so a greater good may be realized. Always remember Romans 8:28: “All things work together for the good of those who love him”. This isn’t easy to see but we have faith that it is so.

This is yet another reason our good God allows evil.

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