In one form or another, I get asked the following question all the time.
“If there is a loving God, how can He allow poverty, war, suffering, and all the other ills that are present in the world?”
I think the following story explains that most of what is wrong with the world is the direct result of sin and that God wants all men to turn from their evil ways and turn to Him.
A preacher and an atheistic barber were once walking through the city slums. Said the barber to the preacher: “This is why I cannot believe in a God of love. If God was as kind as you say, He would not permit all this poverty, disease, and squalor. He would not allow these poor bums to be addicted to dope and other character-destroying habits. No, I cannot believe in a God who permits these things.”
The minister was silent until they met a man who was especially unkempt and filthy. His hair was hanging down his neck and he had a half-inch of stubble on his face. Said the minister: “You must not be a very good barber because you wouldn’t permit a man like that to continue living in this neighborhood without a haircut and shave.” Indignantly the barber answered: “Why blame me for that man’s condition? I can’t help it that he is like that. He has never come in my shop; I could fix him up and make him look like a gentleman!”
Giving the barber a penetrating look, the minister said: “Then don’t blame God for allowing the people to continue in their evil ways, when He is constantly inviting them to come and be saved.”
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
– Matthew 7:7
“This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…”
-1 Timothy 2:3-5
*The story used in this post has been around a while; I am not sure who the author is.