While the Bible is a very important book for Christians and Catholics alike, there are many questions to which the Bible does not seem to have an answer. Here are two questions many people ask: Why is there always evil? Why doesn’t God wipe out evil?
The world belongs to Satan, as we read in Luke 4:5–6;:
And Satan took him up to a high mountain, and he showed him all the Kingdoms of the earth in a short time. And The Devil said to him, I shall give you all this dominion and its glory, for it is delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I want.
There is evil in the world because Satan owns the world. However, there is also good in the world because there is a divine spark, which we call a conscience, in us that urges us to do good. There will always be evil because evil serves a purpose. Evil is the opposite of good. Evil is here so that we can recognize and appreciate what is good. Evil is here so that we can have the opportunity to choose good. Evil is here so that we can develop spiritually, to become what we were meant to be.
Thus he also has to know of the power of evil; he has to get to know it so that he can despise it and choose between one and the other. For this reason evil cannot be expelled from the world or the human being could never make a free decision of will. And this is God’s influence on human beings, which is not denied to him because he can, at the same time, release the powers of good, that is, the human will is prompted to aspire for good or for bad. (The Word of God, Proclamation 3359)
You humans have to believe that you are the fallen original spirits, that the path across this Earth is transient and only requires a test of will in order to regain your true nature, to create and work in My kingdom as blessed spirits once again, providing you don’t fail and then have to repeat the development through all works of the Creation. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8944)
Some people may say, “If God is loving and omnipotent, why doesn’t He wipe out evil?”
Yes, God is loving and omnipotent, but it doesn’t mean that He will wipe out evil. God wants us to make a free decision of will. Man is the crowning glory of God’s creations. Man is the only creation given a free will. All other creations, living and non-living, are here to serve. They provide man with a means to live so that man can focus on the real purpose of his earthly life, that is, to return to God of his own volition. Just as the Tree of Knowledge existed to test the will of Adam and Eve, evil exists to test the will of their descendants.