It’s hard to imagine that God, who is defined as love, could pass judgement against the people that He SO loves (John 3:16). While we sort out this idea of the God of love also being the God of judgement, please keep in mind that justice and revenge are not the same things.
In our human nature, we often complicate justice and judgement with thoughts of revenge. If someone gets one over on us or inflicts some sort of injury physically, emotionally, or psychologically on us, we feel a desire for revenge. To say that God has a need for revenge would imply that He Continue Reading →
Christians believe that God allows suffering.
That statement is hard to swallow. Christians believe that God is all powerful. He has the ability to prevent suffering. Yet He does allow suffering to happen. So how can we call God loving?
This is what is known as the problem of evil.
The first thing to understand is that while there are theological answers to the problem of evil, often those answers do not speak to Continue Reading →
Most people come to a place in their life where they ask, “how can God be good when there is so much evil and suffering in the world?” Keep in mind that this is usually coming from a real sense of hurt and anger. The person you are speaking with is dealing with their own personal struggle and experiences.
The challenge of evil is the greatest mystery of human life. To address it, we must be honest in both our questions and our answers. Time is a puzzle that we attempt to solve as is human consciousness. Neither of those things weighs on us like the challenge of evil.
It’s also the greatest problem of our time. We just lived through the most murderous Continue Reading →
Last week we discussed the existence of morality as evidence that God exists. When that case is made, it is often refuted with an argument that the world would be a more peaceful place without God. John Lennon made his case for that idea in 1971 with his song ‘Imagine’.
Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the Continue Reading →
There are many things outside the contents of the Bible that are evidence of God’s existence. Once such thing is morality. On the surface, it may appear that God isn’t required for morality to exist. However, the truth is that since objective moral values are real, God must exist.
In Romans 8:28 we learn that one day we will be conformed to the image of the Son of God. On that day, we will measure up to God’s standard. In the meantime, we are Continue Reading →