Question: How does the Arminian explain why a holy God, who is Almighty, permitted evil to happen? Whether it’s sacrificing children in fires to Molech or the fall of Adam in Eden, why was it permitted, knowing that God could have stopped it? Do Arminians grasp that by God doing nothing, God is implicated in what happened, seeing as to how He had the power to prevent it? For example, if a cop saw a rape occur along a street corner and simply walked on by, wouldn’t a reasonable person think that the cop would be guilty of non-prevention of a crime? Now we know that a holy God cannot sin, so his permission of evil must have a far greater purpose than our minds can understand. The atheist cries “where is God?” when he studies the Holocaust, because he understands from his perspective that if there is a god, he must either be powerless to stop it, and let six million go to the ovens, or is evil and willed to see it happen. The Christian, on the other hand, must face this permission of evil, and still somehow find a way to glorify God.
Answer: (1) Ask the Calvinist if they feel that the father of the prodigal son was in any way “implicated” when he allowed his prodigal son to freely leave? Was the father “implicated” when he acquiesced to his son’s demand for a share of the inheritance?
(2) In terms of the wicked, when the wicked say to God that they don’t want God, and don’t need God, and then God permits them have their way, and experience the consequences of their choices, how is God in any way “implicated”?
(3) The real issue is that Calvinists see God as the crooked cop, abandoning innocent civilians, and then trying to obfuscate it, and justify it, by saying that it is “for God’s greater glory.”