Where did Evil Come From?
A Study Guide
“It is often suggested that everybody sins because society has such a negative influence upon us. The problem is seen with our environment, not with our nature. This explanation for the univer- sality of sin begs the question, how did society become corrupt in the first place? . . . We are not sinners because we sin, we sin because we are sinners.” - R.C. Sproul, Original Sin
Central Question: No one would deny the world is out of joint. Something’s wrong. The question is, why is it wrong?
A Christian Response: The world is out of joint. It was not as God intended it to be because man fell in the garden. He disobeyed God. He went against the commandment. God had told Adam he could eat of every tree in the garden with the exception of the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil. But in the day that he would eat thereof, he would die and he wold surely die. Death has made it’s way into the human race. That’s what through man’s disobedience (through what the Bible calls sin) that’s what has caused the world to be out of joint and be a broken place.
Recommended Further Reading:
God, Freedom, and Evil, by Alvin Plantinga
The Problem of Evil: Developing a Christian Worldview, by Charles W. Colson and Nancy Pearcey
Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin, by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
The Problem of Pain, by C.S. Lewis