The Gospel and the Problem of Evil


Atheist: justify why this all knowing god of all good, refuses to intervene in pure evil events of the past. If he was aware of the Holocaust and did nothing to stop it, id say this god gets off on our suffering. Assuming he has the capability to stop it. Leaving us with the conclusion he cant be both essence of good and all knowing

Response: Your argument assumes that such a thing as evil exists.... May I ask, whose standard are you appealing to, to determine if something is good or evil? Why is genocide any different than a day at the beach. If there is no God then all actions are equally evanescent. If all is relative, then to Hitler the genocide was good. It was only bad for people on the receiving end. And as a relativist you cannot say one persons morals are better than another's since there is no "better" or "worse", only change. But ironically you are using an argument which assumes objective morality actually exists ... so your argument is self-defeating.

Also evil exists because we want evil, so anything that happens to us on this earth is better than we deserve. Your comment speaks as if humans were by nature innocent and good... and as such God is somehow obligated to help. But the reality is that, sadly, we are hardened rebels who hate God, (myself being the worst offender). If God intervenes to save anyone it is sheer mercy ... not getting what we deserve. That is certainly the case for me, at least.

Lastly, this is what the gospel is all about .. the very question that the gospel answers. In Jesus Christ, God absorbed the fullness of of the punishment we justly deserve. You say God is indifferent and does not do anything about evil. This could not be further from the truth. He showed His love for us such that while were were still treasonous rebels, Christ still died for us. All those who trust in Him are assured that these light and momentary troubles we have in this present age are preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. (2 Cor. 4:17)

J. W. Hendryx

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 18:39 -- john_hendryx

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