Why is there evil and suffering in the world?
The problem of evil and suffering are two of the most difficult questions that mankind asks. However, both are actually answered in the first book of the Bible, Genesis.
The problem of evil is answered by the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve gave in to temptation and sinned, evil entered this world. We have been having problems with evil and sin ever since.
Wasn’t Satan created perfect? Yes, he was created without sin. However, God has chosen to take the great cosmic risk by giving His creation free will. In short, we can choose to follow the Lord or we can choose to sin. In eternity past Satan was known as Lucifer. Being a free moral agent, Lucifer allowed pride to surface and grow in his heart until he rebelled against God. Satan then pursued Adam and Eve and was successful in leading them to sin and thus rebel against God.
The problem of pain is also answered in Genesis. When Adam and Eve sinned, there was a penalty that God exacted, which included death, pain, a cursing of the ground, and painful toil (Genesis 3).
If God is good then why doesn’t He do something about these things? He has. He sent His Son to die on the cross to pay for our sins. With Jesus’ resurrection from the dead we have a guarantee of all God’s promises.
Bad things happen whenever men and women buy Satan’s lie.