Friday, July 31, 2009

Why Evil Exists According to the Catholic Catechism

It’s strange to realize how easy it is to sin. Most of the time, we don’t think about it, and when bad things happen, we rarely blame sin as the reason. Yet, that’s the reality of it.

Drunk drivers who kill entire families are sinners refusing to be responsible. Abusive parents who harm their children or don’t provide for their needs are in fact sinning through their neglect.

Rude people who cut in front of you at the grocery store are also sinners, as are the people who gossip and ruin the reputation of others. Negative acts are rooted in sin, and we are all to blame for turning against the goodness of God.

“God is in no way, directly or indirectly the cause of moral evil. He permits it, however, because he respects the freedom of his creatures and, mysteriously, knows how to derive good from it:
For almighty God…, because he is supremely good, would never allow any evil whatsoever to exist in his works if he were not so all-powerful and good as to cause good to emerge from evil itself.” (CCC p. 92)