zaterdag 27 februari 2016

How can we believe in a God who allows evil and suffering?

Reuters
 
Are our lives purely determined by the workings of our genes?
  
It was embarrassing. The two humanists on the panel were having a collective nightmare. As we discoursed on the nature of evidence, creation and the Bible, they were struggling more and more to make a coherent case for their atheism. Until at last one cracked. Red faced and angry he just blurted out: "How can you believe in a God who allows suffering?" It wasn't the subject of the evening, but this was his last desperate attempt to justify not believing in the God of the Bible.
 
For some it is the first and greatest hurdle. The problem of evil, or in its more refined form, the problem of suffering, is probably the number one defeater belief.

The Problem defined


God is all-powerful so could destroy evil and prevent suffering
 
God is good so would want to destroy evil and suffering

Evil and suffering exist so the good and all-powerful God does not exist.

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