“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
The idea of a higher power is one of the long-standing traditions of human arrogance. People have the funny idea that they can dream up an Omnipotent, unfathomable being and then fathom that being’s Will. They then proceed to explain God and his/her/its Plan For Things.
Then they pass the hat.