A central tenet of Why All People Suffer is that God can use evil, even moral evil, to bring about good. This is because evil is not the opposite of good as many suppose, but is in fact the absence of good, much like silence is the absence of sound or darkness is the absence of light. This view is consistent with Judeo-Christian theology that recognizes that in the first book of the Bible, God created everything good for its intended purpose. Evil therefore can only exist through corruption of something's form, misuse or disfunction, or disordered choices where some lower good is chosen over a greater good (the definition of sin. Evil, then represents opportunity for growth in goodness, as we attain what we lack.
The Greek philosopher Epicurus speculated that there could be no God because a benevolent but all powerful God would not allow evil to oppose Him. Epicurus failed to realize that there is no inherent evil to oppose God and in fact, evil is just an unrealized opportunity for good to emerge and that God regularly brings good from evil. This forum is dedicated to finding examples of this and bringing them to light. God does everything for the purpose of man's salvation in union with Him and Providence, his saving plan incorporates everything that has existed, exists, or will exist to meet that end. Even the greatest evil, the crucifixion of Christ, brought forth the resurrection and the salvation of man.
. The preference for posts in this forum are for those examples of good coming from evil; the rebirths and redirections that many of you have experienced, the examples of disasters bringing out the best in people, the "silver linings" we often find in bad experiences.
For myself, I offer the fact that this entire work, which I am hopeful will help others who are struggling to make sense of their suffering, came from a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. Of course, if you are having trouble seeing the good that might come from your suffering, post it here as well and perhaps someone will help you see the good that you might be missing or is still to come based on their own similar circumstances. Granted, we are not omniscient as God is so we may not be able to definitively find the good that comes from every evil act or situation but that won't stop us from generating hope when we see examples of the goodness of God and his plan for mankind