Sadism is the belief that God is not concerned of evil – pain and suffering – that is inflicted upon his creation. He takes delight on them, or at least, is very unwilling to deal with evil in the world. Relatively, God in Sadism is all-powerful; yet he lacks love and goodness. In other words, he is quite able to deliver us from evil but he does not. He, in truth, is limited in his power to love and show goodness to the creation. This view is held by most of bitter theists. Some satirical atheists also pick up this idea to ridicule theists.
If anything in the world that people do not want apart from death might be pain and suffering. Atheist, secular/natural humanists raise provocative and wrongheaded questions against the existence of God on the basis of the existence of evil and suffering. People around the world are agonizing due to diseases, hunger, global food crises, war, terrorism, and natural disaster – earthquake, tsunami, and tornado. The pain and suffering due to these problems have given some notions for atheists to develop their arguments against the supremacy of God. The ultimate arguments skeptics have are about benevolent God allowing suffering: 1. Why is there so much evil, pain, and suffering in the world if God exist? 2. If God is all-powerful, all-good, and all-knowing, why would man have to suffer? 3. Therefore, God does not exist, or God is not all-good, or God is not-all powerful. Continue reading Christian Response When It Hurts
Dr. Tim Keller, pastor of the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York has also authored a popular book, “The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism” This is an audio lecture on Suffering: If God is Good, Why is There So Much Evil in the World? by Dr. Keller. If you are struggling with the issues of pain and suffering in your life or someone you know is wrestling with his faith on God in the midst of suffering, please listen to this mp3 lecture on Suffering.
Note: The lecture begins right after Scripture reading.
Full MP3 audio here
Originally posted in Nepaenglish.com by Prasha
Well, I just want to share some of the things that I have been struggling and learning in the face of what is happening at Haiti right now. I have found myself being asked this question, “Why your all good, all powerful and all loving God is making evil things happen.” And I like any of you resort to the Bible and/or book written by philosophers and theologians. So, I have been reading a book called When Bad things happen to Good People by Harold Kushner. He is a rabbi from Massachusetts, and he wrote this book in honor of his son, Aaron who he lost to a very rare disease called Progeria. I’m reading this book not because I’m a good person and a really bad thing happened to just recently. Anyway, he writes that- he has been a sensitive pastor, a mature counselor because of his son’s death. He grew spiritually and he can relate to many people in similar circumstances. But, he could forgo all those gains if he were to get his son back. But he cannot choose that. Continue reading My Response to the Problem of Evil
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Once British statesman, Edmund Burke made this statement. Does this quotation sound not so good? Certainly, it is. However, we should not underestimate the truth that human goodness is not enough to triumph evil, nor should we fear of defeat from evil because of inadequate goodness in us. While the human race is doomed to inevitable death, and evil deceives and seems victorious in our pain and suffering, still he is deprived of autonomy and constantly defeated.
The implacable character of evil can never turn to good; yet, Evil can be resisted for time being. CS Lewis also affirms that “Evil can be undone, but it cannot ‘develop’ into good”. He has presented three different human perspectives of evil in his series respectively: the Screwtape Letters, the Problem of Pain, and the Great Divorce.
Lewis never portrays Evil as a horned, disfigured, and terrific creature, as the folklores and folk tales tell us about it. Neither the devil is a comic figure that has big paws, claws, and horn. In the Screwtape Letters, the author reminds his readers in the preface that the devil is a liar. He is an unseen mysterious force that acts just opposite of goodness of God. We do not find him wandering and scaring people as a dreadful monster. Yet, he is real and could be frightful that we have thought of him. Continue reading Static Goal but Shifting Form of Evil