- If God is good and powerful, why does He allow so much suffering in the world?
- Are natural disasters sent from God as punishment?
- Can we still believe in a God of love when we see the agony of life?
The argument goes that if evil continues in the world, God either doesnít care about it, canít prevent it, or just isnít there. This is usually called the philosophical problem of evil. Is there anything helpful we can say on this really difficult subject? The following resources will help you continue thinking through some of these issues.
What Kind of God Doesn't Prevent Suffering?
by Michael Ots
This talk considers why suffering exists, what Christians claim God has done about it and what he will do in the future.
After the Haiti earthquake of 2010, Peter May presents a Christian response by examining philosophical, theological, practical and pastoral issues raised by such events (audio and transcript available).
Bosnia, Rape and the Problem of Evil
by Greg Koukl
Greg Kouklís article considers the implications of questioning whether God is good because of the evil we see. What exactly does an atheist mean when calling something Ďevilí?
"How Can a Good God allow Suffering and Evil?"
Reasonable Faith Lecture 2007, at Cambridge University by William Lane Craig
William Lane Craigís lecture focuses on the intellectual or philosophical problem of evil Ė does the existence of evil really imply the non-existence of God? Could God have sufficient reasons for allowing evil to exist? After the lecture, an extended Question and Answer continues to examine the issues.
Taking your suffering to God
by John Dickson
John Dickson admits that he is still troubled by suffering, but believes that no other view of the world has a better explanation than Christianity. In this first talk of a series, he looks at how some of the main alternatives to Christian belief deal with suffering.
To investigate further and to go deeper into the various issues, explore all of bethinking.orgís resources on the topic of Suffering.
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