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SINCE EVIL AND SUFFERING EXIST
A LOVING GOD CANNOT
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  • Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot or
    he can, but does not want to or he cannot and
    does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he
    is impotent. If he can, and does not want to, he
    is wicked. But, if God both can and wants to
    abolish evil, then how come evils in the world?
  • Epicurus, philosopher

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  • The fact of suffering undoubtedly constitutes
    the single greatest challenge to the Christian
    faith, and has been in every generation. Its
    distribution and degree appear to be entirety
    random, and therefore unfair. Sensitive spirits
    ask if it can possibly be reconciled with Gods
    justice and love.
  • John Stott, theologian

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  • If only villains got broken backs or cancers,
    if only cheaters and crooks got Parkinsons
    disease, we should see a sort of celestial
    justice in the universe, wrote agnostic turned
    Christian Sheldon Vanauken.

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  • Christian author Philip Yancey begins his
    celebrated book on suffering with a chapter
    appropriately titled, A Problem That Wont Go
    Away.
  • The question of suffering and the presence of
    evil are two issues that can be discussed
    together.

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  • Ravi Zacharias saidIf the question of evil and
    suffering is raised against the very existence of
    God, then there is a philosophical problem to be
    faced! You see to assume there is evil, is to
    assume there is good to assume there is evil and
    good is to assume there is a moral law to tell
    the difference to allow that there is a moral
    law, we must find out whose law is it? There must
    be a moral law giver! Who is that? To accept
    that there is evil does not dispense with God!

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  • 1. THAT THERE IS NO WORLD AT ALL, RATHER THAN
    THIS WORLD!
  • 2. THAT GOD CREATE A NON-MORAL WORLD LIKE THAT
    OF THE REST OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM.
  • 3. THAT GOD CREATE A WORLD OF LIMITED FREEDOM
  • 4. THAT THIS IS THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS

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  • Romans 512 (NIV) Therefore, just as sin
    entered the world through one man, and death
    through sin, in this way death came to all men,
    because all sinned.

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  • Lamentations 322, 23 Because of the LORD'S
    great love we are not consumed, for his
    compassions never fail. They are new every
    morning great is your faithfulness.

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  • Remember the
  • CAUSE AND EFFECT PRINCIPLE!

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  • GOD HAS DONE SOMETHING!
  • Romans 832 He who did not spare his own Son,
    but gave him up for us all.
  • Romans 828 "Knows that in all things God works
    for the good of those who love him, who have been
    called according to his purpose.

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  • IN MY PERSONAL SEARCH FOR AN ANSWER TO YOUR
    QUESTION IT HAS LED ME TO SEVERAL CONCLUSIONS
  • Evil and suffering is a fact
  • We have played a part in it
  • The only practical solution to the problem of
    evil is God's solution - His Son the Lord Jesus
    Christ

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  • Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel tells of the time
    in a concentration camp he witnessed a hanging.
    Somebody muttered while witnessing this atrocity,
    Where is God? Where is He? Wiesel said a
    voice within him answered, Right on the gallows,
    where else?

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  • EVIL AND SUFFERING ARE NOT IDENTICAL TERMS

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  • WHY 9/11?
  • An answer lies in both our greatest blessing and
    our worst curse our capacity to make choices.
    God has given us a free will. Made in God's
    image, he has given us the freedom to decide how
    we will act and the ability to make moral
    choices. This is one asset that sets us apart
    from animals, but it also is the source of so
    much pain in our world. People, and that includes
    all of us, often make selfish, self-centred and
    evil choices. Whenever that happens, people get
    hurt.

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  • Sin is ultimately selfishness. I want to do
    what I want, not what God tells me to do.
    Unfortunately, sin always hurts others, not just
    ourselves.

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  • God could have eliminated all evil from our
    world by simply removing our ability to choose
    it. He could have made us puppets or marionettes
    on strings that he pulls. By taking away our
    ability to choose it, evil would vanish. But God
    doesn't want us to be puppets. He wants to be
    loved and obeyed by creatures who voluntarily
    choose to do so. Love is not genuine if there is
    no other option.

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  • Yes, God could have kept the terrorists from
    completing their suicidal missions by removing
    their ability to choose their own will instead of
    his. But to be fair, God also would have to do
    that to all of us. You and I are not terrorists,
    but we do harm and hurt others with our own
    selfish decisions and actions.

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  • You may hear misguided minds say, "This must
    have been God's will."
  • Nonsense!
  • In a world of free choices, God's will is rarely
    done! Doing our own will is much more common.
    Don't blame God for this tragedy. Blame people
    who ignored what God has told us to do "Love
    your neighbour as yourself."

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  • In heaven, God's will is done perfectly. That's
    why there is no sorrow, pain or evil there. But
    this is earth, a fallen, imperfect place. We must
    choose to do God's will everyday. It isn't
    automatic.

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  • This is why Jesus told us to pray, "Thy will be
    done on earth, as it is in heaven."
  • The Bible explains the root of evil
  • "This is the crisis we're in God's light
    streamed into the world, but men and women
    everywhere ran for the darkness ... because they
    were not really interested in pleasing God" (John
    319, Message).

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  • We're far more interested in pleasing ourselves.
  • There are many other questions that race through
    our minds during dark days. But the answers will
    not come from pollsters, pundits or politicians.
    We must look to God and his Word. We must humble
    ourselves and admit that each of us often chooses
    to ignore what God wants us to do.

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  • We were made for a relationship with God, but
    he waits for us to choose him. He is ready to
    comfort, guide and direct us through our grief.
    But it's your choice.

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  • Peter Kreeft. Making Sense Out of Suffering. Ann
    Arbor, Michigan Servant, 1986. Philip Yancey.
    Where is God When It Hurts? Grand Rapids,
    Michigan Zondervan, 1990. Joni Eareckson Tada
    and Steven Estes, When God Weeps. Grand Rapids,
    Michigan Zondervan, 1997. Luis Palau. Where Is
    God When Bad Things Happen? New York Doubleday,
    1999.

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