Free Will and the Problem of Evil (The Patrick Madrid Show)

You know the age-old question: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” If you’ve gone through suffering, heartache, or hurt, and you question God’s goodness, Patrick Madrid wants to help you make sense of it.

He addresses a thought-provoking question from Jennifer in Auburn, Indiana. She wonders why, if God is omnipotent and perfect, does evil exist.

The crux of the answer lies in the concept of free will. Patrick explains that evil stems from the choices of angels and humans to act against God’s design for happiness. God never wanted it this way, but He allowed it. These bad choices that we make ripple through the world, causing unintended harm to innocent people.  Horrible things happen that don’t add up. Why?

The essence of Patrick’s argument revolves around the purpose of free will: it enables genuine love and moral responsibility. Without it, we’d be like robots, not capable of true love or moral fault. Patrick goes on to explain that the existence of hell and the capacity for guilt affirm the reality of free will. God loves us and doesn’t want to control us.

Also, Patrick touches on the mystery of iniquity, suggesting that, despite the presence of evil, God’s providence works towards the ultimate happiness and fulfillment of those who love Him. He recommends Dr. Peter Kreeft’s book, “Making Sense Out of Suffering,” for a deeper exploration of the topic.

God can bring good into your situation, no matter how hard it may seem in the moment. Trust and be assured that He is with you. He will bring you to ultimate joy that you can’t even begin to imagine.

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.