The senseless evil that occurred in Colorado this past Thursday during the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises forced many to ask one of the age old questions, how can a good God allow evil to exist? People have wrestled with the answer to this question for years. No one will be able to answer this question fully. As you wrestle with this question again, I would encourage you not to immediately jump to saying that this is probably a form of God’s judgement. There are many possible explanations. Jesus even makes a point of saying that judgement of sin is not always the reason the cause of tragedy. (Luke 13:1-5) While tragedy should be a reminder of the brevity of life, no warrant exists to assume that tragedy is necessarily an act of God’s judgement. Quickly jumping to this conclusion also needlessly burdens the victims of a tragedy.
However, I would like to point you to two people who wrestled with the question of evil when they experienced terrible evil in their own lives. The author of the first article, Where is God in Tragedy, dealt with the brutal death of his young newly married cousin. The author of the second article lived through the Colorado shooting. I hope these two articles help you as you question the existence of evil in the world in light of the recent tragedy.