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Defend the Faith - "Why is there so much evil and suffering?"

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Michael Horton recently sat down and answered five of the most common apologetics questions people get when they share their faith with their friends and family. We’ll be posting one each week through the end of the year. For more information on our Defend the Faith campaign and for additional resources to help you “know and share what you believe and why you believe it,” please visit the homepage of our year end appeal.
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  • Guest - Bill

    Very good points by Mike Horton and Merry Christmas to the White Horse Inn.

    I'd like to add a couple more scriptural references that irrefutably answer the question why there is evil in the world. Man is evil, and only God is good, this is the blunt answer given given in Scripture. Even though we don't have the answer by our reasoning why there is evil as Mike explains, Scripture provides the answer a very clear answer.

    John 7:7
    The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil.

    Ecclesiastes 8:11
    Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil.

    Mark 10:18
    And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.

    Genesis 8 verses 21 to 20
    21 And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curs the ground because of man, for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. 22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.

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  • Guest - Jim

    Good Day:

    Why would a perfect God be glorified by our suffering? He, as is often states, needs us not, so why would our suffering glorify Him, and why would this specific way of glorification (suffering) be allowed by an all-loving god? He can be glorified in SO many ways, and without hurting anyone. Was He glorified when I was molested, and if so, why? Does a god who is glorified by the suffering of a child sound like a good god to you?!!? And if it does, why not ramp up the suffering to ramp up the glorification? I can't but help feeling that glory via suffering is a pat answer to a an unanswerable question, viz, how can an all-loving God allow suffering. He can't, and yet there is suffering. This is an untenable situation for a Christian to be in, but it also seems, if one if not to stretch credulity, that this is the situation one is in.

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