I said, “Can I ask you a question? On every university campus I visit, somebody stands up and says that God is an evil God to allow all this evil into our world. This person typically says, ‘A plane crashes: Thirty people die, and twenty people live. What kind of a God would arbitrarily choose some to live and some to die?’” I continued, “but when we play God and determine whether a child within a mother’s womb should live, we argue for that as a moral right. So when human beings are given the privilege of playing God, it’s called a moral right. When God plays God, we call it an immoral act. Can you justify this for me?” That was the end of the conversation.
I wonder why it is that we find some days so much more oppresive than others, for no apparent reason. Is it growing pains-or spiritual trial? Once they’re over, the world looks quite a different places again.
Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering?
by Lee Strobel
Finite suffering is a small price to pay for infinite happiness.
If I could have just half the heart of Job…
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord!”
— Job 1:21
…without freedom, we would be incapable of evil; but without freedom, we would also be incapable of good.
With time and perspective most of us can see good reasons for at least some of the tragedy and pain that occurs in life. Why couldn’t if be possible that, from God’s vantage point, there are good reasons for all of them?
There is something a little off key about Western academics saying, ‘I have lost my faith because of the suffering of the Rwandans,’ while the Rwandans are saying, ‘Our faith draws us closer to the only one who can console and protect us, which is God.’
God doesn’t send people to Hell, people send themselves.
Is the problem supposed to be simply the idea that a loving God wouldn’t send people to hell? Is that what the problem is? Well, I don’t think so. The Bible says that God desires all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9). Therefore, through the work of the Holy Spirit, God draws all men to Himself, seeking to convict them of sin and bring them to repentance. Anybody who makes a free and well-informed decision to reject Christ thus seals his own fate; he is self-condemned. His damnation can’t be blamed on God: on the contrary, he has resisted God’s every effort to save him. He separates himself from God forever, in defiance of God’s will that he be saved. In a sense, then, God doesn’t send anybody to hell—people send themselves.
— William Lane Craig, Hard Questions, Real Answers
How could God allow evil? Peter Kreeft responds.