Humans are created in the image and likeness of God, and we share certain qualities with Him. But trust is not one of them. Trust is where one has implicit faith in another person, being or thing. The idea of evil existing and God using it as a test when He has the power to destroy it is not an action that implies trust. On the contrary, it reflects a lack of it. This raises the question, how can mankind be God’s finest creation when He doesn’t trust us?
God is portrayed as a loving father in the Gospel of John. A father could never condemn his children to eternal damnation, which is what God would be doing by punishing individuals for their evil deeds in the afterlife. If evil is a test, then God is not the parental figure He is thought to be.
Evil creates suffering, and God being omnipotent has the power to end it once and for all. By allowing the existence of evil for the purposes of a test, he is approving needless pain, grief, suffering and despair that could be avoided. This contradicts the notion of God’s inherent goodness.
Theodicies do not explain why evil exists in the world, because an all-powerful God could eradicate evil but chooses not to. The paradox cannot be explained by theodicies.