Do you ever read anything written by atheists, skeptics and those who actively oppose Christianity? I do. And one of the most common arguments they use against our faith is the existence of evil. They say if God is good and all powerful, why doesn’t He just do away with evil? Why doesn’t He just wipe it off the earth, completely eradicate it? God must not exist, because if He did, then evil would not be allowed to exist. That’s what they say.
So…what about it? What do you think? Should God just sovereignly, completely and immediately rid the world of all evil? BLAM! By divine decree all sin, crime, violence, war, abuse, and wrongdoing are done away with. They’re gone. Continue reading →
A fascinating book to read and ponder is The Rage Against God by Peter Hitchens. Peter Hitchens is the brother of the late Christopher Hitchens, a noted journalist and outspoken atheist. In this book Hitchens describes his journey to faith in Christ from a background in staunch atheism. As the title indicates, he also deals with the anger so many atheists exhibit against God and religion. He makes an interesting point. Why are the atheists so angry? If we believe in God, and they don’t, so be it. Why not just let each person have his own beliefs? Why be so enraged about the whole thing? Continue reading →
Theistic evolution is a classic example of wanting to have your cake and eat it too. If you are not familiar with the theory, it is basically this: God is the Creator of all things, but evolution is the means He used to bring about all organic life on earth. So, according to this theory, the earth is billions of years old. Life began spontaneously in some primordial oceanic goo millions of years ago. The generally accepted secular geological time table is correct. And human beings are evolved primates, descended from some ape-like ancestor of a few million years ago. Continue reading →
Question: “If God is real, and He is good, then why does He allow evil to exist in the world?” P in Virginia.
My Answer: This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions in the fields of philosophy or theology. It is a major obstacle to many people in their seeking after religious truth. It is an argument often used by skeptics, agnostics and atheists to question the goodness and/or reality of God Himself. Why is there is evil? And how can a good God allow it?
This is not a question that can be answered fully in this short space. However, we can give a partial answer that will hopefully offer some insight to anyone wrestling with this issue. Continue reading →
I normally don’t watch much Christian TV. Most of it is really not worth watching. Oh, I know… you can find some really good preachers, inspiring services, and solid teaching here and there. But you have to wade through the nonsense and inanity to get to the good stuff. Usually not worth the effort. (At least in my opinion. If you disagree, I ask your pardon.) So I don’t watch it. But occasionally when flipping channels, I do come across something that catches my attention. That happened last week. I chanced upon a popular TV preacher, well-known, polished, a very engaging orator. What he said intrigued me at first, then irritated me… finally angered me. That’s why I am writing this.
In the interest of being a gentle, kind Christian I won’t name the brother who was preaching. I want to be diplomatic. Let’s just use a code name instead. How about… well, C$? Yes, that should work nicely. We’ll call him C$. Continue reading →