It is certainly one of the questions that people generally have a problem with. Why does God allow evil? Some people even carry this to the point of saying that the evil in the world proves that there is no God. After all if there was a God he would eliminate the bad in the world. Try what follows for a logical explanation. It is several thousand years ago. All is good in the universe. Man and God live in peace and harmony. The first man, Adam, loves God and has a close relationship with him. Adam and his wife Eve live together in a beautiful garden created by God. God has commanded Adam not to eat from a certain tree because he knows that man does not have the ability to decide moral issues for himself. It is a test of man's obedience. The consequences of disobedience have been clearly spelled out. God gives one of his most powerful angels certain responsibilities over mankind. This angel allows feelings of jealosy to develop in him. He desires for himself the worship that man gives to God. The angel sets out to drive a wedge between man and God. The angel is smart, far smarter than Adam. He cleverly attacks the man through his wife. He approaches the woman and insinuates that God is holding something back from them. He feigns surprise that God really ordered them not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and bad. He assures her that she will not die if she eats from the tree. The woman is deceived. After eating from the tree the woman goes to her husband and tells him what she has done. Adam is not deceived. He knows what will happen to him if he eats the forbidden fruit. He makes his choice. Later God confronts the man with his disobedience. Adam (in what has become a fine tradition) blames his wife: "The woman you put here with me gave me the fruit, and I ate it". The woman's excuse: "The snake tricked me into eating it". Their fates are sealed. God announces the fatal consequences and expels them from the garden. They will not die immediately but cut off from God their bodies will slowly deteriorate until eventually their life will end. No, they do not have an immortal soul. They were in fact living souls and God had said they would die and die they shall. OK, so what now? God's millions of spirit beings have witnessed this incident. The rebellious angel has accused God of being a lier. He has questioned God's right to rule. That has never happened before. Also, the first man chose to disobey God and has been cut off from God. What can be done? Well God could very easily destroy the rebellious angel. But would that solve the problem? After all God's power was never called into question. How can God prove that he is not a lier? Does he even need to prove it? The millions of angels are intelligent beings but they are not Gods. They can not see where the ripples will end. Only God knows for sure what will happen. What would the other angels think if God simply destroyed the dissenting voice? Might they start to wonder if God is trying to hide something? An issue has arisen that needs to be settled. The consequences of disobedience have to be seen. For the issue to be settled time has to pass. There has to be a period of time where mankind rules themselves cut off from God. Both mankind and God's spirit beings have to see and experience what will happen when we choose to live independently from God. For his part God will, in general, adopt a hands-off policy during this time. But this period of time is limited. God will allow the rebellious angel and those who followed him to rule this world until the appointed day. Man will have the opportunity to choose how he lives. He can choose to do good or bad, he can choose life or death. There will be no room for fence sitters. And when the issue has been well and truly settled God will intervene. A new world will be established to be populated by those willing to follow God and only those willing to follow God. Every injustice will be put right. No longer will evil be allowed to flourish. Never again will opposition to God be tolerated. This is a once only deal. Does this make sense? Is it logical? Could this be the answer to the age old question why does God allow suffering?