Most christian and other deist will us the free will argument to explain the existence of god and evil. In this topic I would like to examine the flaws in this argument.
What is free will? It's the capacity of rational agents to choose a course of action from among various alternatives (that's one definition). Now one can argue that we do in fact have free will but for the moment lets say we do.
Does free will justify the existence of evil? Natural evil earth quakes, hurricanes, tornadoes etc.. is not necessary for one to exert his/her free will. So god creating these evils are not because of free will. What about human evil. I think it's contradicting to allow a person to harm an other person because of free will. If someone decides to attack you that person is forcing his will on you so basically you are loosing your wright to choose.
What does the bible say about free will? The bible speaks about sin that a man is born with sin, this is beyond his control even Paul said that he wants to do good but is flesh is weak and it is evil that he does. There are many verses that say this.
I will conclude with this quote "A sin without volition is a slap at morality and an insolent contradiction in terms: that which is outside the possibility of choice is outside the province of morality. If man is evil by birth, he has no will, no power to change it; if he has no will, he can be neither good nor evil; a robot is amoral. To hold, as man's sin, a fact not open to his choice is a mockery of morality. To hold man's nature as his sin is a mockery of nature. To punish him for a crime he committed before he was born is a mockery of justice. To hold him guilty in a matter where no innocence exists is a mockery of reason. To destroy morality, nature, justice and reason by means of a single concept is a feat of evil hardly to be matched. Yet that is the root of your code. Do not hide behind the cowardly evasion that man is born with free will, but with a 'tendency' to evil. A free will saddled with a tendency is like a game with loaded dice. It forces man to struggle through the effort of playing, to bear responsibility and pay for the game, but the decision is weighted in favor of a tendency that he had no power to escape. If the tendency is of his choice, he cannot possess it at birth; if it is not of his choice, his will is not free."
Rand, A. (1961). For the New Intellectual . New York, New York: Random House.