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If it turns out that there is a God I dont think that hes evilthe worst that you can say about him is that basically hes an underachiever -Woody AllenFrom the viewpoint of theodicy the problem of evil lies in its origin Does evil come from God In spite of God Using theodicy to define evil is basically an attempt to affirm Gods omnipotence and hisher love for humans with the existence of evil and without contradiction Depending on your religious background the weight each of these options carry may vary greatly A theologian may argue that evil is not a theoretical problem at all as for it to be a problem one must question Gods power character andor existence To them even asking the question is a sin A theologian may also say that evil is a practical truth as it requires from us the courage to forgive and to heal or they might also hold the belief that to obtain moral perfection we must face challenges and overcome them Other appeals often made by theologians to explain evil might be a sin is punished with suffering having free will enables us to make choices either for good or for evil and finally that Satan is the cause of all evilFrom the viewpoint of atheism it is a question of the existence of God If God is all-powerful and all-knowing then evil must not exist apart from God For it to do so under those criterion would be impossible This leads one to question the true power of God and the true good
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