Why is there evil in the world? That’s always the question, especially when something particularly horrible happens. What kind of God would allow evil to exist? It’s a tough question, and one where the only answer that we want to hear is God saying, “You know, you’re right. I should take that right out. I messed up.” But that’s not the answer we’re going to get. I just read an insight that Eben Alexander, M.D. was given in a near death experience he had. He was told, “Evil was necessary because without it free will was impossible, and without free will there could be no growth – no forward movement, no chance for us to become what God longed for us to be. Horrible and all-powerful as evil sometimes seemed to be in a world like ours, in the larger picture love was overwhelmingly dominant, and it would ultimately be triumphant.” (Proof of Heaven, p. 48) Think about that for a minute. We have decisions to make when we are faced with evil. We can’t sit still when we see injustice. We are moved when we see suffering. And we change. It’s up to us to choose how.