Friday, April 26, 2013

Answering the Problem of Evil

I always seem to have a book or two on my desk that I am reading. One of the books that is front and center now is God's Not Dead by Rice Broocks. I am sure I will review it fully when I finish reading it. But there was something that he wrote that might really help answer some questions for many people. It has to do with the question of evil. 

Many people deny the existence of God because of all the evil in this world. People arbitrarily confess that there must not be a God if He allows two brothers to kill people in Boston during the running of a marathon. Broocks answers that question with a shocking reality. The fact that you believe in a right and wrong shows that there must be a God. He says,
"If there is no God, there couldn't possibly be a transcendent morality that everyone should obey. Good and evil would simply be illusions, man-made and arbitrary. Certainly without a transcendent God or source of moral authority, it comes down to whatever are the opinions of the majority. So from where does this universal sense of right and wrong come? C. S. Lewis said, 'My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?' . . . The problem of evil has plagued the minds of men and women since the beginning of time. Yet God intends for us to understand its source, not just be aware of its existence. The real challenge is this: whether you are a believer or an unbeliever, atheist or theist, evil is not just around us--it is in us" (44-45).
He will go on to say that the real issue we have with evil is that we want it to stop happening to us; we just are not willing to get to the point of admitting that we want it to stop being evil. Interesting thought!

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