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A “Sign” of the Times

So sorry rabbi… Recently a friend of mine gave me a short clip out of a local newspaper to read (see below) and asked my opinion about what it said.  My friend knows that I’m a Christian and where I stand on issues of faith, but I think he was trying to get me to...

Starting a Grassroots Apologetics Ministry

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Beware the Hebrew Roots Movement

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Who was Jesus? | NY Minute

We're using the "Handbook of Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli to go over the arguments for the existence of God.  Today, we will be covering the above referenced subject in relation to the existence of God. Dr. Kreeft teaches logic in two major...

The Deity of Jesus: the alternative | NY Minute

We're using the "Handbook of Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli to go over the arguments for the existence of God.  Today, we will be covering the above referenced subject in relation to the existence of God. Dr. Kreeft teaches logic in two major...

Jesus’ Divinity leads to Trustworthiness | NY Minute

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Divinity of Jesus Difficulties | NY Minute

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Evolution: Science Fable, or fact?

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Think God started Evolution? Think again!

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Gospel contradictions as a source of confidence?

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There is so much evil in this world! 

 

We live in a world in which a child dies every five seconds of starvation. Every minute there are twenty-five people who die because they do not have clean water to drink. Every hour 700 people die of malaria. Where is God in all this? We live in a world in which earthquakes in the Himalayas kill 50,000 people and leave 3 million without shelter in the face of oncoming winter. We live in a world where a hurricane destroys New Orleans. Where a tsunami kills 300,000 people in one fell swoop. Where millions of children are born with horrible birth defects. And where is God?  

This is the very reason Bart Ehrman left Christianity – Because there is to much evil/suffering.

“Either God can do nothing to stop catastrophes like this, or he doesn’t care to, or he doesn’t exist. God is either impotent, evil, or imaginary. Take your pick, and choose wisely.”

Sam Harris

EVIL actually establishes the existence of God

 

While its generally thought that only theists have to explain the existence of evil, the truth is every worldview does. Theists say evil is real and try to explain how evil and God can coexist. Atheists tend to be caught in the middle. In one moment they are claiming there is no good, evil or justice because only material things exist. In the next moment they are asking how could we have a God with all this evil and suffering. The first misconception many people have is that the Bible is the only source that mentions Jesus.

 

To explain why, we need to go back to Augustine who puzzled over this argument:

  1. God created all things.
  2. Evil is a thing.
  3. Therefore, God created evil.

 

How could a good God create evil?

If those first two premises are true, He did, and this is a God problem. So, God must not be good after all. But then Augustine realized that the second premise is not true. While evil is real, it’s a “thing.” Evil does not exist on its own. It only exists as a lack or a deficiency in a good thing.

 

For example evil is like rust in a car: If you take all of the rust out of a car, you have a better car; if you take the car out of the rust, you have nothing.  In other words, evil only makes sense against the backdrop of good. That is why we often describe evil as negations of good things.

 

There can be good without evil, by there can’t be evil without good.

So evil can’t exist unless good exists. But good can’t exist unless God exists. In other words, there can be no objective evil unless there is objective good.

The best evil can do is show there’s a devil out there, but it can’t disprove God.

 

Written by: Joshua Mitchell

Josh is a christian apologist and a member of New York Apologetics also director of social media.

 

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