there is the old familiar puzzle:
how can he be omnipotent and good?
use his power to manufacture evil?
Or have the will, but lack the means to stop it?
Or if, as
it must be, neither can be true,
how should we comprehend this suffering God
us with his endless loving-kindness? The question has
defeated the best minds that he made: this dreadful love
the context for its own rejection, gave
to its beloved the gift of doubt, and mental tools
fashion arguments to justify it; and then stood back,
watching as into the vacuum of its withdrawal
rushed like a wind, a kinetic power
as insubstantial as a hurricane.
An account of the most troublesome paradox of all: the existence of evil under an all-powerful, perfect God.
endless loving-kindness cf Jeremiah 31:3.
as insubstantial as a hurricane Sin must in some sense be a “negative” entity, as it is not a creation of God and cannot be a creation of anyone else, so I find the analogy of “wind” - which has immense power but no substance - helpful. I am encouraged in this view of the nature of sin by Karl Barth’s translation of the “chaos” in Genesis 1 as “the shadow of reality”.