The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord. -Proverbs 19:3 KJV
“How could a good God allow …”
This is how a popular accusation against the existence of God starts. Sometimes there are specifics (“… my son to die?”), but generally it is more general (“… evil to happen?”)
My question was “Why didn’t He stop me from making that stupid choice?”
In each of these, we are angry with God for something happening to us or to someone we love (or for evil in general).
The Thing We Fail To Understand
The root of all of this evil starts with our own human nature, with all of our boneheaded or uninformed decisions.
Boneheaded because we know better but want something now or in spite of reason.
Uninformed because of assumptions we make without all of the facts or plain ignorance.
However, it all goes back to our ultimate parents: Adam and Eve. Yes, we inherited this sinful (rebellious) nature.
But the failure to understand comes in how this applies to a good God.
The thing is, God created us with free will. It is tainted by sin, but we are still free moral agents.
This freedom to rebel against God is what allows us to freely love Him, but it also means that more often than not we choose rebellion.
And God lets the natural consequences play out.
(Still within His control, mind you.)
Why does God allow evil and sad things? Because He loves us enough to let us choose that which causes evil, but He is also just.
Death, pain, and natural disasters are a result of our ultimate parents’ sin, but we perpetuate and exacerbate the problem with our own sin.
He does intervene from time to time, but ask yourself this:
Would you want to help people who constantly complain and blame you for what others have done?
Why should we expect God to ever help us?
(The short answer: because of the grace poured out through Christ’s atoning sacrifice on the cross.)