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Philosophers have looked for ways to explain Gods existence for centuries One such argument that the believer must justify in order to maintain the possibility of Gods existence is the problem of evil In this paper I will argue God has a good reason to allow evil Let me clarify some of the terms I will be using First in reference to free will I mean people making decisions completely unaltered by God forcing knowing or unknowing them to make to make those decision Also good meaning acting in a constructive positive beneficial to personal and public health Evil meaning destructive unhealthy and harmful actions towards themselves and others I believe that there is free will only if allowed the choice of good or evil which is why God allows evil in the world Evil can only exist if there is the counterpart choice of good Using our free will when good is chosen leads to good and great things To toss a dollar to the beggar on the street or to volunteer at a homeless shelter contributing time and compassion helps spread good to one person one minute at a time Say if your presence at the homeless shelter assists just one person to instigate a change in their life for the better that is the good that created by free will When a young boy is walking to church to participate in a service project and encounters his friends en route and they invite him to go break the windows on old widows house down the street he refuses and continues on to the service project where many acts of good and kindness were committed that is yet another example of free will and the good it causes Some would say even if we need some evil for free will we dont need this much evil I assume they mean some of the physical human induced catastrophes that plague the world The
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