Philosophers have been pondering the problem of evil for over two thousand years. This refers to the apparent inconsistency between the existence of evil (roughly defined as unnecessary suffering) and the existence of an omnipotent and benevolent deity.
Believers have come up with some rather ingenious arguments in order to reconcile these seemingly irreconcilable ideas, and skeptics have consistently shown such attempts to be both futile and laughable. What no one expected, however, is that the solution to this problem would be discovered by psychologists:
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