C.S. Lewis on the Problem of Evil

Lucifer, the proud archangel.

“God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong, but I can’t. If a thing is free to be good it’s also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automata -of creatures that worked like machines- would hardly be worth creating. The happiness which God designs for His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared with which the most rapturous love between a man and a woman on this earth is mere milk and water. And for that they’ve got to be free.

God simply cannot satisfy the people he made after his own image. Along with giving us his greatest creative gift of free will, he gives us his wisdom, first in his law, and now in his Son. Still, we complain about his judgment when we choose to go against his infinite wisdom.


2 thoughts on “C.S. Lewis on the Problem of Evil

  1. Great new perspective, for me at least, on God’s purpose for free will. God’s plans and designs are perfect, yet many questions pop up on the path to spiritual maturity. It’s nice to not be a mindless, robotic creature!

    • I venture we wouldn’t mind, or even realize it, if we were mindless automatons. Before we’re reborn in God’s Spirit, we are in a sense programmed to sin, although it is ultimately due to our own choice. That is why being re-created is so important. Without it we have no choice but to sin. It seems like an oxymoron, but sin’s compulsion is our choice.

      Blessings to you, Elizabeth. You are certainly a blessing to me.

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