1. For Goodness’ sake
If God is perfectly good and in complete control, why do not-good things happen?
Christians are supposed to believe that God is loving. But to put it mildly, it is hard to imagine that an all-powerful God who must’ve either caused or chose not to prevent the Holocaust is also accurately called “perfect love.” Love becomes meaningless if, given the opportunity, it can’t even stand up to genocide.
Perhaps we are right to think that God is good, but wrong to think that God is in complete control. How else could God be truly good? Continue reading “5 Reasons to think God isn’t All-Powerful”
I recently started helping out with the youth group at my church, a progressive Methodist congregation in Charlotte. Last Sunday, I finished leading a three-part Sunday School series on the “problem of evil.” The series began because the youth, after brainstorming a list of their doubts and questions, voted to talk about this question (“if God is good, why do bad things happen?”) first. Continue reading “If God is good, why do bad things happen? (5 potential answers)”
If God is good, why do bad things happen?
Two weeks ago, I met with the youth group at my church for the first time. It seems that for the foreseeable future, I will be teaching their Sunday school class and guiding their Sunday night discussion time every two weeks. I asked them if they had any big faith-related questions they’d like to talk about, and in a few minutes, they came up with a list of eight. We voted on which question to tackle first, and the winner, by a wide margin, was the problem of evil. Continue reading “Guiding a Youth Group through the Problem of Evil”
If a good God exists, then why do bad things happen?
It’s a question that believers have asked for millennia. The question is so old, in fact, that it earned its own technical name, “the Problem of Evil,” and each attempt to answer it is called a theodicy. Many have lost their faith over the problem of evil and the failure of theodicy, and I get that. Personally, I can’t live with a notion of God that either diminishes the goodness of God or trivializes the unspeakable suffering which permeates our world. Continue reading “Deuteronomy and the Problem of Evil”