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I am not a Christian but in transition I like to say, learning but there are a few things I don't understand, Why if God it greater then evil then why can't He just either destroy evil or weaken evil because he is stronger so should be able to and he hates to see suffering?

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This has been asked before in various forms. –  Flimzy Jun 25 at 21:00
    
Also, this question –  Jake Toronto Jun 25 at 21:13
    
To destroy evil, God would have to destroy everything that has any evil in it, including anyone who has ever done any evil, i.e. anyone who is not perfect. Does that answer your question? –  DJClayworth Jun 26 at 13:50

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The reason that God did not simply destroy evil is because the suffering it has caused has allowed for the glory of God to increase.

It is through his suffering that Jesus attained perfection (completeness).

In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. (Hebrews 2:12)

Most Christian groups agree that in order for a sinner to be redeemed and made perfect before God, he needs

  1. Forgiveness of sin
  2. Justification under the law
  3. Sanctification of the flesh

Without these three "corrections" to his former state, a person can not enter into the Kingdom of God, because

Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or false, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life. (Revelation 21:27)

Had God simply destroyed the evil and all of the wicked things that it wrought, this would have included us because in our former ways, we were enemies of God, even if we didn't realize it. He chose not to destroy us, but instead to redeem us because God is good, and he loves us. It is also the suffering of Christ that has allowed us to become righteous. He chose willingly to suffer evil on our account, so that he could give his righteousness to us.

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

"He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:21-24)

For if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! (Romans 5:10)

So instead of just wiping out evil, to allow a way for us to be restored and redeemed to a position in communion with God that satisfies the three conditions I mentioned above, God made a plan of redemption that included his own suffering and the suffering of his Son so that he could know us, and so that we could be like him,:

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. (Romans 3:21)

As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:2-4)

So, in summary, because God did not just destroy evil, he was able to use the suffering caused by evil to bring about a more perfect solution, and with that more glory to himself and Jesus, and to redeem mankind to himself through Jesus.

As an ending note: A major contention between Judaism and Christianity is that Jews do not acknowledge that the true Messiah would suffer and die, while Christians maintain that the Messiah had to suffer and die (cf. Acts 17:3). Many Jewish websites and sources mock the true Messiah Jesus, referring to him as "the one who failed" as evidenced by his suffering. Ironically, this is evidence all the more to Christians that Jesus is indeed the Messiah, since they interpret many prophecies from the Hebrew old testament to imply that the Messiah would suffer and be rejected, specifically by the Jews (cf. Psalm 118:22).

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It's perfectly acceptable to post your same answer in multiple places, where it is applicable, but as a personal rule, I prefer the transparency and note at the bottom that I have adapted the answer from another. If they seem like the same question, one will be closed eventually for being a duplicate, so it would be best to only post on the surviving question. I'm glad to see you posting regularly. You are doing a good job. Try to avoid questions that seem to ask "What is the Truth about this?" –  fredsbend Jun 30 at 18:57

Free Will! God will never interfere with Free Will. When Satan rebelled against God, he was cast down to the earth and he (Satan) took ⅓ of the angels with him. God created the heavens and the earth. God put man in the "Garden of Eden" and he instructed man NOT to eat of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden. Man disobeyed God and man ate of the Fruit of of the "Tree of Knowledge Good and Evil"." Because of man's disobedience and "BELIEVED THE LIES THAT SATAN TOLD, man immediately was aware of his nakedness and hid from God. God in all His mercy because man had disobeyed and thus sinned, God put him out of the Garden and sent an angel to protect the entrance of the garden so man would not be able to eat of the "Tree of Life" that was in the garden, thus living for life in a sinful state. God destroyed all the people of the earth in the days of Noah because the people were so wicked and evil. He did this by the flood but saved Noah and his wife and his three sons and their wives. By sinning Adam turned the earth back over to Satan and this is his domaine. God destroyed the towns of Sodom and Gamorrah because the people were evil. God sent His Son Jesus, to redeem the world from Satan. Jesus died on the Cross and redeemed man from the evils of this world. He rose from the dead and acended into Heaven and sits at the right of the Father. At the end of this age, Satan will be cast into the Lake of Fire along with his cohorts and every person who has rejected the Lord Jesus as Savior and never asked the Lord to forgive them of their sins. God will judge each person on this earth by the INTENTIONS of their heart. All we know is time. A beginning and an end. In eternity there in no time. God knows everything past present and future. He certainly would be able to tell if a person who has never been given the opportunity to know of Jesus. If that would have been given in their lifetime the opportunity, whether they would have accepted Jesus or rejected Jesus. So don't cry well what about all the people who never had the opportunity or chance to know about Jesus. God knows everything, and God is ALWAYS fair. He will never send innocent babies or little children to Hell, because He knows everything and they will be judged by the intentions of their heart.

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I don't think this is answering the question. –  Mawia Jun 26 at 9:52

Well i don't got any references on hand but from what I know, God wants us to have Free Will more then anything. And Free Will is defined as the ability to chose between multiple options with out any outside force dictating that choice. So the only way for us to have Free will in the matter of Loving God or not, is to have the "or not" option available. And it's the things that you do when you decide not to love God that get Classified as Evil. There is a lot more that can be said and shown to better illustrate the point but it all boils down to this basic point; Yes God could smite all the evil in the universe and everyone who is evil, and then prevent anyone who is not evil from becoming so. But In doing so he would have to take away our free will. As if the option to turn against him is no longer there then Choosing to follow him is no longer a choice as it's the only option. And we would be little better then robots that simply do what we are told, not people.

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