God’s good creation has been marred by evil. Christian theologians refer to this as ‘The Fall’ because the universe has ‘fallen away’ from God’s perfect will.
Throughout the centuries theologians have struggled with the question: Why has God permitted evil and suffering to corrupt creation? This is a mystery we cannot comprehend or resolve. Christians simply trust that God must have permitted evil and suffering so that, in the end, greater good may come.
However, evil is not just and abstract problem, or one ‘out there’ in the world. The problem of evil is ‘in here’ in the human heart. The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart.
This is a quote from Jesus.
“…out of your hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.” (Mark 7: 21-22)
It is not that all human beings are equally evil; and, of course, it is not that human beings are exclusively evil. The goodness of God is reflected in all human lives to greater or lesser extent. Nevertheless, we all contribute to the spread of evil and cause others to suffer when we behave selfishly and unkindly. Christians call turning away from the light of God’s love, ‘sin’. And the Bible says this:
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
The virus of evil and sin has infected everything and everyone.