Number one question -. “If you could ask God only one question and you knew He would give you an answer, what would you ask?” “Why? Why is there pain and suffering in the world?”. Before… … the Indian Ocean Tsunami of Dec. 26, 2004. After…. Quote from news reporter after Katrina.
“I have found that religious believers are often conditioned to accept trite solutions to the problem of suffering, and that it is all but impossible to shake that conditioning through dry analysis.”
from an atheist website
Can you use the existence of evil to disprove that God exists?
To call something evil, you presuppose there is such a thing as “good” or that there is a “moral law” and a “Lawgiver”
Survival of the fittest
Josh 24:15 (HCSB)
John 7:16-17 (HCSB)
But what about God?
“Even an all-powerful God could not have created a world in which people had genuine freedom and yet there was no potentiality for sin, because our freedom includes the possibility of sin.”
25 “But you say: The Lord’s way isn’t fair. Now listen, house of Israel: Is it My way that is unfair? Instead, isn’t it your ways that are unfair? Ezekiel 18:25 (HCSB)
“There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way”
“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man sinned nor his parents,” Jesus answered. “This came about so that God’s works might be displayed in him. 4 We must do the works of Him who sent Me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:2-5 (HCSB)
Can’t rule that out
God Is Good
And He is not distant
5 For your husband is your Maker— His name is Yahweh of Hosts— and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth. Isaiah 54:5 (HCSB)
10 Though the mountains move and the hills shake, My love will not be removed from you and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” says your compassionate Lord. Isaiah 54:10 (HCSB)
5 Father to the fatherless, defender of widows— this is God, whose dwelling is holy. Psalms 68:5 (NLT)
“I could never myself believe in God if it were not for the Cross. In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?” John Stott
God Is With Us
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord! Romans 8:38-39 (HCSB)
Even if we can’t know why some things happen,
we can know
what didn’t cause them. And in that, we can find HOPE!
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. 26 Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die—ever.
Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 (HCSB)
“Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead! Is everything sad going to come untrue?”
“The answer is YES. And the answer of the Bible is YES. If the resurrection is true, then the answer is yes. Everything sad is going TO COME UNTRUE.” Tim Keller
5 And the one sitting on the throne said, "Look, I am making all things new!" And then he said to me, "Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true."
Rev 21:5 (NLT)
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