That is a question humans have been asking themselves throughout time. Great philosophers have pondered it and not come up with an answer. Some people believe the answer is that God does not exist at all, that He is a myth. Many more people, however, believe there is a God, a Creator, a Greater Power, or whatever name they decide to call it. So why doesn’t he stop the crime, the natural disasters, wars, and painful, incurable illnesses?
The most universally accepted answer is that God loved us enough to give us the gift of freedom of choice, or free will. That gift can be used in a positive or a negative way. Someone may decide to shoot up a movie theater and take lives indiscriminately while others decide to give up an organ to help someone they love.
And that doesn’t just involve individual choices. We also make choices as a society. We choose to go to war and fight other humans. Sometimes society’s choices affect the climate and in turn may be a catalyst to some natural disasters. Of course, many of those are also the result of the earth’s natural geologic conditions.