The Problem of Evil and Suffering
INTRODUCTION: The problem of evil and suffering is undoubtedly the greatest theological challenge we face. In fact, this is the single biggest obstacle for spiritual seekers.
George Barna, the public-opinion pollster, conducted a national survey in which he asked a scientifically selected cross-section of adults: ''If you could ask God only one question and you knew He would give you an answer, what would you ask?'' The top response offered by 17% of those who said they had a question was: ''Why is there pain and suffering in the world?''
Christians believe in five things:
Genesis 1:1, ''In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.''
GOD IS ALL-GOOD.
Psalms 31:19, ''Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!''
GOD IS ALL POWERFUL - OMNIPOTENT.
Jeremiah 32:17, ''Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.''
Jeremiah 32:27, ''Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?''
GOD IS ALL KNOWING, ALL WISE, OMNISCIENCE.
Isaiah 48:3, ''I have declared the former things from the beginning; they went forth from My mouth, and I caused them to hear it. Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.''
Isaiah 48:5, ''Even from the beginning I have declared it to you; Before it came to pass I proclaimed it to you, lest you should say, 'My idol has done them, and my carved image and my molded image have commanded them.'''
1 John 3:20b, ''God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.''
QUESTION: Why does the problem of evil and suffering cause such difficulty in believing in God?
Charles Templeton, in his retreat from faith said, ''A loving God could not possibly be the author o ...
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