Donald W. Haynes writes:
So if God is not the author of evil, and if the devil is not an evil god, why do bad things happen to good people? Why is the presence and power and manifestation of evil so strong? Debating this is almost as fruitless a task as determining how many angels can stand on the head of a pin! What we do believe is that we cannot blame God.
The issue for Methodism’s “practical divinity’ is not “Why evil?” but “So what?” Do we cave into the enticement of the wrong that comes up everywhere—personally and systemically tempting us? Or do we seek the power of the Holy Spirit through means of grace to follow John Wesley’s admonition to “do no harm”?