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  • From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. - Psalm 113.3
  • He is the God who made the world and everything in it - Acts 17.24
  • The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth - Isaiah 40.28
  • It was my hand that laid the foundations of the earth - Isaiah 48.13
  • Didn’t my hands make both heaven and earth? - Acts 7.50
  • He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains - Psalm 95.4
  • Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. - Psalm 121.2
  • In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth - Genesis 1.1
  • The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands. - Psalm 19.1
  • You alone are the Lord. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them - Nehemiah 9.6
  • I made the earth and created man on it - Isaiah 45.12
  • Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: who created all these? - Isaiah 40.26
  • I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. - Genesis 9.13

Why is there Suffering & Evil?


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Falling Plates

‘Oh, God, how can you do this to me?’
‘What have you done to me?’
‘What’s the use of believing when your prayers fall on deaf ears?’
‘God doesn’t care. He doesn’t even care.’

Grief, remorse and depression swept over her ‘like a thick, choking blanket… the mental and spiritual anguish was as unbearable as the physical torture… How I wished for strength and control enough in my fingers to do something, anything, to end my life!’ Earlier years of spiritual security now seemed a mocking background to one inescapable question: ‘Where is God when things go wrong?’

God in the dock

The question goes back thousands of years and the argument behind it can
be summarized like this:
1. Evil and suffering exist in the world.
2. If God were all-powerful, he could prevent evil and suffering.
3. If he were all-loving, he would want to prevent these.
4. If there were an all-powerful, all-loving God, there would be no evil and suffering in the world.
5. God is therefore powerless, loveless or non-existent.

The logic seems pretty watertight and the case against God even stronger when we read what the Bible says about him. It claims not only that he is ‘God of gods and Lord of lords … mighty and awesome’ (Deuteronomy 10:17) and ‘works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will’ (Ephesians 1:11), but that he is ‘compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love’ (Psalm 103:8). At first glance it seems impossible to reconcile these statements with what is happening every day in the world around us and, as we know that catastrophes, accidents, disease, evil, pain, suffering and death are facts (someone has said, ‘The history of the human race is nothing less than the history of suffering’), many think it logical to conclude that God is non-existent. The contemporary apologist Ravi Zacharias says, ‘I have never defended the existence of God at a university without being asked about this question of evil in the world.’

For some people, the question arises in a moment of terrible trauma. During the ruthless ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Kosovo in the late 1990s, one woman told the news media of soldiers separating ten women from their families and raping them by the roadside. As they did so, they sneered, ‘We are not going to shoot you, but we want your families to see what we are doing.’ Telling her story to reporters, she added, ‘It was then that I came to know that God does not exist.’ This was not a formal declaration of philosophical atheism, but a passionate cry from the heart, one that many others have shared in moments of searing pain. Hard-core atheists turn the question into a creed: ‘There is no God; and evil and suffering prove it.’

In contemporary usage ‘evil’ is a broad term describing anything that is seen as bad or harmful. This covers two main categories: on the one hand, naturally occurring events which cause harm and suffering, and on the other, morally reprehensible human behaviour. We could cite countless examples of both.

Natural disasters

Suffering which is attributable to natural causes is most easily thought of in terms of natural disasters, and a few outstanding examples speak for thousands of others.
• In 1319 the fallout from the Mount Etna volcano killed 15,000 in the town of Catania.
• In 1755 the terrifying Lisbon earthquake virtually wiped out the entire city. The effects were so widespread that the waters in Scotland’sLoch Lomond rose and fell several feet every ten minutes for an hour and a half.
• In 1923 some 160,000 people perished in Japan when earthquakes struck Tokyo and Yokohama.

How do these events square with the Bible’s claim that ‘In [God’s] hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him’? (Psalm 95:4).

• In 1953 a record spring tide wreaked havoc on both sides of the North Sea, killing nearly 2,000 people in Holland and over 300 in England.
• When Hurricane Mitch, dubbed ‘the storm of the century’, hit South America in 1998, 12,000 people were drowned or crushed to death and millions left homeless following torrential rain and winds of up to 150 miles per hour.
• In the last major natural disaster of the twentieth century some 30,000 people perished when freak rains hit Venezuela in December 1999.
• Just five years later, the whole world was shaken by an even greater catastrophe…

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Often the only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude. TobyMac

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For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

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Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?


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