The answer to evil

March 4, 2019

What answer can we give or what consolation to someone in a concentration camp, to a mother with several children dying of cancer, a bereavement-what solace do we bring? What is the answer to the problem of evil? There was no answer until the Lord came down from heaven. He broke through this world of sin and evil; he entered into it and made it a part of himself. He identified himself with evil. Sinless, he was nevertheless made sin. A Nazi guard during the Nuremburg Trial said that he was sent in to burn hundreds of Jewish bodies, all naked and dead. When he went to set the fire, he saw in their midst one body clothed, that of a young girl of about eighteen. 'Who are you?' 'I am a Jewess from Salonika.'  'What are you doing here?' She said, 'Did you think that I could live when my people are dying?' So this is the only answer that there is to the problem of evil. There's no other. Our Lord took it upon himself.")