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The Problem of Evil – Part 1
David Hume\'s challenge: \'If God is able to something about evil and suffering yet chooses not to then God is malevolent. If God cannot do anything about evil and suffering then God is impotent.\'
Van Nath went on to say, “I saw prisoners lying dead in the room where I was being kept at Tuol Sleng and young people were kicking the heads of the corpses frivolously for fun.”
“Babies, children, adults and the elderly were killed everywhere. The Khmer Rouge killed people if they didn’t like them, if didn’t work hard enough, if they were educated, if they came from different ethnic groups, or if they showed sympathy when their family members were taken away to be killed. All were killed without reason.” – Dith Pran, The Killing Fields
Two to three million people died in the killing fields; an estimated 30% of the Cambodian population
The total documentable deaths in the system of corrective-labor camps and colonies from 1930 to 1956 amount to 1,606,748, including political and common prisoners; note that this does not include more than 800,000 executions of "counterrevolutionaries" during the period of the "Great Terror", since they were mostly conducted outside the camp system and were accounted for separately.
The SS seemed more preoccupied, more disturbed than usual. To hang a young boy in front of thousands of spectators was no light matter. The head of the camp read the verdict. All eyes were on the child. He was lividly pale, almost calm, biting his lips. The gallows threw its shadow over him. This time the camp executioner refused to act as executioner. Three SS replaced him.
The victims mounted together onto the chairs. The three necks were placed at the same moment within the nooses. "Long live Liberty!" cried the two adults. But the child was silent."Where is God? Where is He?" someone behind me asked. At a sign from the head of the camp, the three chairs tipped over.Total silence throughout the camp. On the horizon, the sun was setting. "Bare your heads!" yelled the head of the camp. His voice was raucous. We were weeping. "Cover your heads!" Then the march past began. The two adults were no longer alive. But the third rope was still moving; being so light, the child was still alive... For more than half an hour he stayed there, struggling between life and death, dying in slow agony under our eyes. And we had to look him full in the face. He was still alive when I passed in front of him. Behind me I heard the same man asking: "Where is God now?" And I hear a voice within me answer him: "Were is he? Here He is - He is hanging here on this gallows. . . "
Elie Wiesel Night
Presuppositional Apologetics = The non-believer is on trial
The foundation of the Christian and Jewish worldviews is that a Transcendent Creator God, whose character and will are the basis of a universal standard of Good and Evil, has revealed Himself in human history.
All this doesn’t matter. Humans are just another animal – bags of protoplasm. 35 million deaths is just 35 million bags of weak protoplasm being destroyed by stronger bags of protoplasm. In an atheistic world, you’d better be a strong bag because neither good nor evil exist.