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Evil proves God?

On a philosophical level, the issue of evil can be used not to disprove God, but to “prove” Him. In a earlier blog, I addressed theodicy.  (“Evil disproves God?”  http://www.bradalles.com/evil-disproves-god/) Theodicy isthe 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 [&hellip

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Bad things or bad people?

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 disproves God?

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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Is suffering the biggest reason for atheism?

Is the biggest reason for atheism the suffering we see all around us?  Extreme weather devastates lives.  People commit unspeakable acts of evil.  Lives are ended and survivors are scarred.  Where is God in all of this misery?  Does He even exist? Theodicy is the issue of God’s justice and evil.  How can God exist, [&hellip

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