The Link Between Evil and Free Will


Most every day I read a blog about the evil in the world, the battle in the heavens against Lucifer, the Second Coming etc. etc. etc. Personally, it’s tiresome to continually listen to that type of dialogue.  However, the topic does deserve some comment.  So here goes.

Religions generally espouse an omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God because it’s what sells in church on Sunday. People want to hear that someone other than themselves (like,say, the devil) is responsible for the evil in the world. They want to hear that God is great and will prevail in the end (Armageddon). As one Christian website proudly stated, “Some day God will ultimately and finally overcome evil entirely.”

Aside: I guess this omnipotent God must currently be struggling to prevail against Satan. That’s why they used words like “ultimately”, “finally” and “entirely.”

There are two basic concepts that most religious people don’t know, have forgotten about or find it convenient to just disregard, as follows:

We exist in a free will universe.

If you believe in God, then you have to believe that God gave you free will. Without free will, you would simply be just a form of AI created by God. In a free will universe, God’s gift to you is life. By definition, then, he can’t interfere. That is, free will and intervention by God are incompatible concepts. So, quit expecting God to save you. We all need to accept personal responsibility for the ills in the world.

Aside: Okay, some of you probably don’t believe in free will, which is no doubt attributable to a deterministic bent.  The point is that we don’t even know what consciousness is so how can one say for certain that free will doesn’t exist? Truth be told, you don’t believe in God anyway – now do you?

God created everything

Of course, that’s true, a lot of you will say. Silly me, I forgot to add that, by definition then, he also created evil. How so? Well, he created man didn’t he? Didn’t he also create the serpent (see Genesis 3:1)? You do believe that God is omniscient, don’t you?  Put simply, an omniscient God that created everything knew that he was creating evil, and did so intentionally. Yes, intentionally.

I didn’t say that the creation of evil was necessarily a bad thing, though. In a dualistic world such as what we exist in, good cannot exist without evil. So, who’s to say that evil isn’t really a necessity of Creation. In other words, how would you know what good is without also experiencing evil?


So, the common factor that free will and evil share….is God.  That is, if you believe in God then it’s only logical to believe that God created both free will and evil.  Under those circumstances, why be so quick to judge and complain about the evil in the world. Rather, why not do something about it. Be the change that you want to see in the world, rather than expecting God to come down here and take you on a magic carpet ride. If everyone in the world would save one person, we could save everyone on the planet. So, start by saving just one person – save yourself.  I think even atheists could agree with that!

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him….”

     – Mahatma Gandhi


16 Responses to “The Link Between Evil and Free Will”

  1. No deist here, but a well reasoned exploration of free will in a dualstic universe. Is black necessary to comprehend white? I don’t know. Personally, the world seems far more technicolor than monochrome. But if one believes in free will, then you are spot on – we can’t just throw up our hands and leave it to God to fix the messes we have made.

  2. Craig Maciolek said

    Or, God and universe is fractal. Making the evil God battles is his own evil within him. And, we being made in his image, must battle our own as well. but, this is probably just rewording what you wrote.

  3. I think Bart Ehrman does a great job of answering the question of free will. His books, youtube vids are all over. I like your blog, keep up the good work.

  4. makagutu said

    I think if one believes god created everything and also that god hears prayers and acts on them, then such a person should pray to god to end evil and if this isn’t done, one of the inferences is god loves evil, doesn’t care about evil, is busy or unable to stop evil

    • chicagoja said

      Of course,god hearing prayers and acting on them is a pretty big assumption. Besides, God created evil (ostensibly for a good reason) so why would he end it?

      • makagutu said

        In this case then, the believer ought to stop praying for the end of evil and just live

      • chicagoja said

        Probably so, as we were no doubt created to experience both good and evil. Because of our free will, we get to choose how we are to react to the events, both good and bad, in our lives.

      • makagutu said

        I think you misunderstood me. I am both skeptical of gods, all gods, and of freewill. To that end I neither believe we were created nor have freewill.

      • chicagoja said

        What does that make us then, AI produced by Nature from a bunch of dead chemicals?

      • makagutu said

        If you prefer to call it that, then yes. Biological machines is what i see us are

      • chicagoja said

        Okay but how did life evolve? From where? From what?

      • makagutu said

        How or where did life begin? I don’t know. Maybe it is a part of the universe. Maybe life has existed in some form or other as long as the universe has been. What I am trying to say here is that ignorance of what life is or how it came to be isn’t an argument in favour of your god or gods depending on what the case maybe

      • chicagoja said

        It is generally true that our human nature wants to believe in the divine. As a result, a non-belief in God is almost always reflective of a belief system as to how life originated from something other than a Creator. So, for example, the vast majority of atheists believe in evolutionary theory.

      • makagutu said

        Again you are wrong. You really need to read on evolution.

      • chicagoja said

        I missed your point. What was i wrong on this time?

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