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Suffering (2 of 2)
1 Peter 1:3
Reverend: We are in a series titled Why. Each week we are addressing one of the biggest objections that people have to Christianity, your friends, people that you know. And these are things that they want to talk about. It isn't just the things that we want to talk about. The goal of this series is to talk about things at your coffee shop, the people that you work with, people that are far from God. These are the questions that they have. And so we've been taking one objection each week and talking about what the Bible has to say. And today we're going to talk about why suffering. Why does God allow suffering and evil? And the objection comes in two forms. One objection is philosophical in nature, and one is much more personal. The philosophical one you'll remember from college if you were in a philosophy class or you got in debates with people. And the objection is this: the God of the Bible cannot exist. The God that is all good and all powerful cannot exist because if God is all powerful and He allows evil and suffering like there is in the world today, He cannot be all good. And if He is, you know, all good and just not able to stop it, you know, then maybe He can be good but He's not all powerful. Or He's all powerful and not good. But either way you cut it, there is no way the God of the Bible who is all good and all powerful can exist because there is such suffering and tragedy and cruelty in the world. He doesn't do anything about it. He just can't exist.?And the personal objection, which is one that gets thrown into it, but it's good to kind of separate it in your mind, goes much more like this: how can you believe in a God and give your life to Him and commit to Him that allows such cruelty and torture and injustice and sadness in the world, the kind of sadness that, you know, lets marauders in Africa sweep through a town, kill all the adults and take the children and turn them into child sol ...
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