1. God has good reasons for allowing evil to exist. Evil comes from rebellion against God and His design. Without God, no one could explain the existence of evil nor overcome it.
2. God will make all things right. God will rescue the innocent and the faithful in the end so that there will be no more mourning, crying, or pain anymore (Revelation 21:4). In paradise, God promises to heal the faithful among the nations so that no one is accursed (22:2–3).
3. God restores every innocent and faithful person to life. God overcomes death in Jesus’s resurrection. God will give eternal life by restoring creation from corruption and decay. This is the redemption of the faithful by bodily resurrecting them from the dead (Romans 8:18–25; 2 Corinthians 4:17).
4. God allows evil to a great extent for the complete and ultimate destruction of evil and sin through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 2:14–18; 1 John 3:8).
5. God allows evil so that people who sin can continue living by God’s mercy to have opportunity to repent, because God loves all and wants everyone to repent and be saved (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9).
6. God made humanity in His likeness and gives humanity the will and ability to choose to flee sin and pursue holiness (Romans 6:15–19; 1 Corinthians 10:12–13).
7. God allows evil and that allows the greatest acts of good — repentance, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, comfort, and relief — that cannot exist otherwise (Luke 5:32; 6:20–49).
8. God allows evil and suffering as God’s grace strengthens a person’s character through suffering that cannot exist without suffering (Romans 5:3–5; 8:16, 28; 2 Corinthians 12:7–10).
9. God allows evil with great suffering for those who suffer greatly can experience the grace of God that gives peace in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:16; Philippians 1:27–30; James 1:2–4; cf. 1 Peter 3:14; 4:1, 12; 5:10).