So we've all heard or thought of the question, "Why does God Allow Evil?" Christians have wrestled with that discussion for as long as I know. The common conclusion is that God allows evil because of free will, plus it lets you know what God's love is. You can find that answer all over the internet. Aside from that being a terrible argument, I love what this does to the afterlife. I read an article
that you can read, but I'm gonna hit the highlights that matter to me, and I think to the rest of us.
The good Dr. Richard Tompkins says, "Evil... represents a "deprivation" of the goodness of God." "God did not create evil but He does allow it to exist... In the final analysis, everything centers on free will. We can choose God’s goodness or reject God’s goodness. The only way that God can totally eliminate this corruption of His perfect goodness is to no longer permit free will." (Note: I have edited this to shorten it.)
We've all heard this explanation. But have we taken this human justification to the next level? When I'm asked about my purpose in life, one of my stock responses is, "What is your purpose in life? To live under God's rules for all of your human life in order to reach heaven? When you get there do you have free will? Can you then live the life that you choose? What's the point of living as someone else would choose so that you can live forever as someone else chooses? Does God kick you out of heaven for not living as he would choose? Will he flood heaven too if we get out of line?" The point that I make is that you don't have free will in heaven. Taking the explanation laid out to the next level is taking it from Earth to Heaven.
So in order for us to know God's love, we have to know the opposite, his absence. By the way, if you live the perfect life from start to stop, does that mean that you don't know God's love? Try that out on the self-righteous. The Dr. says that the only way to eliminate evil is to no longer permit free will. So when Christians go to heaven they must not have free will? God kicked Satan out of Heaven, so how will we get to experience his love? Will there be no feelings of love in Heaven? In your justification, good Dr., you want us to know that Heaven is absent of free will and knowing love? You expect us to set aside those feelings here in the form of the human experience and live under the rules of the Bible, in order to spend an eternity without them as well? Sir, I suspect that there are many of us whom would define that as Hell.
The Bible and the justifications for the evils therein never stop showing up as a life that I wouldn't choose under any circumstances. I like living under the premise that it's better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. This isn't just a lesson in relationships. This is a lesson to take through life. In regards to the Bible, it's better to love the life you get to live, than to live two lives that you don't love.