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Does evil’s existence prove God’s?

On a philosophical level, the issue of evil can be used not to disprove God, but to “prove” Him.  Theodicy is the issue of God’s justice amid evil and suffering.  When put in question form it sounds like this: “If God exists, why is there evil?”  The assumption is that since there’s evil, God doesn’t exist; [&hellip

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When bad things happen

Let’s continue this series on suffering on the philosophical level.  It’s necessary on an intellectual level, but these words are not for grieving people at a funeral.  Ministering with those who are hurting will be addressed later. When philosophically addressing the issue of theodicy–the issue of God’s justice amid evil and suffering–another question often comes up: “Why [&hellip

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Evil and God’s existence

Let’s start this series on suffering by addressing it on the philosophical level, and then approach it from the personal level.  Obviously, in the face of someone who just lost a loved one, these intellectual arguments for God’s existence would seem uncaring and cold.  That is not the time for them.  This defense of the [&hellip

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The end of suffering: an easy life or eternal life?

This whole series of blogs on suffering started on Feb. 1 with the blog, “Is suffering the biggest reason for atheism?”  (http://www.bradalles.com/is-suffering-the-biggest-reason-for-atheism/ )  Let’s bring this to a close with some concluding thoughts.  When both Paul and James said to rejoice in suffering, it is because the maturing Christian understands that there is a reason for [&hellip

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Questions when suffering: For what purpose? (Part 4)

Questions enter our mind when we suffer.  “Is God seeking revenge on me?”  “Is God unfair?”  Remember what James 1:5 says: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” It’s okay to ask God questions;  just ask the [&hellip

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Questions when suffering: Would God remove this? (Part 3)

When we suffer, questions enter our minds.  “Is God listening to me?”  “Is this punishment for some sin I committed?”  Let’s turn to the inspired Word of God, the Bible, for some answers. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it [&hellip

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Questions when suffering: Does God owe me? (Part 2)

Questions enter our mind when we suffer.  “Is God punishing me?”  “Is God even there?”  Remember what James 1:5 says: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” It’s okay to ask God questions;  just ask the right [&hellip

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Questions when suffering: Did I cause this? (Part 1)

When we suffer, all sorts of questions enter our minds. “Why is this happening?” “Does God hate me?” “Is this punishment for some sin I committed?” Let’s turn to the Word of God for some answers. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without [&hellip

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Why suffering occurs (Part 4)

This is the last of four blogs on why suffering occurs.  Earlier we saw that there is suffering here due to an imperfect planet: storms and disease threaten humanity because of Adam and Eve’s sin.  Another reason that there is suffering is due to our sinful nature: people commit terrible acts against one another.  We exercise our free will and choose evil instead of [&hellip

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Why suffering occurs (Part 3)

In the last two blogs, I talked about why suffering occurs.  Pain and suffering is a part of our existence due to humanity’s choice to violate God’s will.  Disease, disaster, and death occur around us because of Adam and Eve’s fall.  When the first humans rebelled against God’s decree, they brought suffering into the human experience.  There [&hellip

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