Now, mind you, I'm no apologist. I'm no philosopher. What I am is a friend who received an email the other day. Here is the entire text of the email:
It's cancer. It's in both lungs. It's malignant.
The person being spoken of in the email has suffered for years with a mysterious degenerative illness that has caused incredible pain and dying fingers. Now this. Sometimes life this side of heaven really sucks.
So, why is there evil?
The answer does not help the emotions of those close to this person, but it is true and it helps eventually. In the beginning of life on earth humanity told God to stick it and that we'd rather do the being like God thing on our own. Result? Evil now resides in every part of humanity and in every part of creation. Some evil rises from the current nature of things. My friend's cancer and the recent Tsunami fall into this category. Other evil rises from human choice. The sale of insufficiently tested drugs falls into this category.
Somehow, we must live between the expression of God's glory and the destruction of humanity's pride.
Kingdom come... please...