Why do evil people exist along with good people?

Matthew Bible Background

New Testament: Matt 13.26–28a

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 13.1–32 on January 17, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

The atheist asks why evil exists in the world and why do evil people continue. Consider a parable that Jesus told in which a farmer sowed seed, but something else happened:

“But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’”

– Matthew 13.26–28a

Jesus went on to explain later that the good seed represented the sons of the kingdom and the tares are the sons of the wicked one, and the enemy is Satan. However, Jesus also explained why the tares are not pulled up immediately. They are spared to keep from pulling up the good seed. At the harvest, the separation occurs.


  • What other reasons can you think of that explain why God allows evil to remain for a while?
  • Were you evil at one time, and now have turned to Christ?

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