Does evil disprove God?

“My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”

— C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)

In order for evil to be more then just a bad flavor, that someone else may like there has to be an absolute standard. If we let people choose what is good and what is evil what are we to say to people like  Jeffrey Dahmer who did unspeakable things to little boys? He did not think he was doing evil.  If individuals can do terrible evil, and think they are doing something good can be so terribly wrong can we really be justified in saying that individuals get to decide what is good and what is evil? If it is up to the individual to decide such things what can we say to the people who think they are good little serial killers?

How about societies, do they get to decide what is good and evil? Most of the world at one point believed that slavery was OK, but now they don’t. Since society at one point thought slavery was good, does that mean it was good?  No slavery as it is typically thought of was never good. No matter what society used to say.

If both society, and individuals can be terribly wrong about morality where does it come from?

I will talk about this more in part 2

To learn more I suggest reading
Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air

3 thoughts on “Does evil disprove God?

  1. I agree, it does indeed prove the divine law givers existence, you are also right that God does not need affirmation, but the world is crying out for something to believe in, and our secular society has thrown many stumbling blocks that prevent people from following Christ. It is our job through Christ to remove those stumbling blocks.

  2. As already stated, it actually proves the existence of God all the more. We only know its evil because as He has written on our hearts (Rom 1&2) we innately know what’s right. Without a higher standard, how can we judge what is right? Why are we all so bothered by horrible (i.e. recent) tragic circumstances? If we all evolved, it would simply be the strong overtaking the weak and we’d have to accept it as that. But since that is not true, we all cry out for justice and goodness. That justice and goodness is only because of God. However, we can’t understand Him being finite humans so we feel intellectually justified at dismissing Him. That’s not being intellectual, it’s being stupid.

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