Thursday, February 21, 2019

Christian Interaction With The Problem of Evil

  • General Points To Consider When Discussing The Problem Of Evil:
          -This argument is an attempt to judge God according to human standards. In other words, it judges an absolutely perfect God by fallible, subordinate means of moral evaluation. But He is the One who is superior to us (not the other way around). His ways are not our ways. Our thoughts are not His thoughts. As finite creatures, we are not able to fully comprehend the wisdom of God. We are not in a position to challenge His authority. He transcends our intellectual faculties. He is working things out in a manner that is good for those who love Him and glorifies His eternal name.
          -How come God does not instantly resolve all the problems of this word? Well, He certainly could do that. But such does not mean that the human race would necessarily be pleased with His instant solution. He could simply refuse to pardon the iniquity of sinners and cast them into an eternity of hellfire. He could in the twinkling of an eye erase our existence. Nonetheless, we are told in Scripture that God is patient. He is loving. He is merciful. He is slow to anger. God is literally giving everybody an opportunity to repent (Mark 1:15; Acts 17:26-31; 2 Peter 3:9). We simply need to trust in the sacrificial work of His Son Jesus in order to be saved. 
  • A Brief Consideration Of Free Will
          -God allows us to make immoral decisions because He wanted us to have free will. He wanted us to have freedom and thus to lovingly come to Him through the use of our own reason. He did so out of His love for us. He wanted us to choose Him, not be forced to accept His precepts. He made us to be His children, not to function as robots or puppets. If He did the latter, then He would not really love us. We would not truly be unique as persons. We are capable of either doing good or evil. As long as we have free will in this world, evil inevitably remains a possibility. Free will is a grander good. In fact, it is a gift in and of itself. God created us with the intention of having a relationship. The tree of knowledge of good and evil serves as an object lesson. When He restores everything back to its originally perfect order, our sin nature will be removed. We will be so consumed by God's majestic glory and presence that we would never be tempted by sin, which utterly destroys the possibility of any future insurrection. Believers will have full knowledge that nothing is lacking. The Devil is the reason that evil exists in the world today. God can and will conquer evil once for all (Revelation 21:1-4).
  • Morally Sufficient Reasons For God's Toleration Of Evil:
          -God may allow evil to exist as a way to test and strengthen our faith. He can use suffering to help us build virtues such as patience, courage, humility, and self-sacrifice (Romans 5:3-5; 1 Peter 4:12-19).
          -To show us that our poor decisions lead to negative consequences that are contrary to His will (what He really wants is goodness--he condemns murder, adultery, theft, etc.). 
          -To teach us how He wants us to live or as a punishment for our foolish actions.
          -To prevent people from claiming that their sentence to eternity in hell is unjust on the Day of Judgement.
          -So, the existence of evil is not inherently incompatible with the existence of an all-knowing, all-powerful, and infinitely good God. In fact, the problem of evil does not even disprove the existence of a supreme deity. The existence of evil is a problem for all worldviews, and how that issue is addressed depends on our worldview.
  • The Problem Of Evil Is A Criticism That Backfires--An Objective Evil Assumes An Objective Good Which Cannot Exist If There Is No God:
          -If objective evil exists, then, by definition, objective good must also exist. If there is an objective good, then there is a standard of morality that exists beyond humanity. It exists beyond nature. It is divine. This universal moral code governs the moral laws of each civilization. This moral law implies that there must be a Moral Law Giver. 

2 comments:

  1. This is Justin. Im using my wifes phone to reply. I take it to work with me cause its the only cell i have with data. Good job answering the "problem of evil". It makes perfect sense. Indeed how can sin exist without a God given law to transgress? For sin is trangression of the law. Without Gods existance the terrible act of rape wouldnt be inherently evil.

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