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How Did Evil Arise in a Good Universe?

| March 9, 2015

According to the Bible, an angel created by God (Satan or Lucifer) was the first creature to bring evil into the universe. But the question arises how this good creature, created by a good God, living in a good universe, could choose evil. God did not cause Satan to sin, so who caused Satan to […]

Is Satan Totally Evil?

| March 2, 2015

Many people mistakenly believe that while God is totally good, Satan, or the Devil, is totally evil. They are polar opposites of each other. This idea, however, is false. Satan, while being totally evil in a moral sense, is not totally evil in a metaphysical sense. Theologian Norm Geisler explains the distinction in his book […]

What Is the Pantheist Answer to Evil?

| February 18, 2015

The universal human experience of evil is a problem for all worldviews, not just Christianity. Philosopher Norm Geisler, in his book If God, Why Evil?: A New Way to Think About the Question, explains that there are three main views on evil that come from the “big three” worldviews of pantheism, atheism, theism. Pantheism affirms God […]

#9 Post of 2014 – Why Did God Create Adam and Eve if He Knew They Would Sin?

| December 12, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Some people wonder why God created human beings if he knew we would reject him and bring sin into the world. The answer seems to be that God desired to have a relationship with creatures that would freely love him.  Only creatures with a moral conscience and an ability to freely […]

What Is Evil?

| December 8, 2014

We know that evil cannot exist without good. We know that evil is not the opposite of good, like yin and yang. But what exactly is evil? Philosopher David Oderberg answers this question in an article entitled “The Metaphysics of Privation.” Oderberg first explains that evil is the absence of good. But what is good? […]

In Heaven, Will We Be Aware of Bad Things on Earth?

| November 19, 2014

How can we enjoy Heaven if we are aware of all the evil that persists on earth? This is a good question, and Randy Alcorn, in his book Heaven, offers a biblical answer. Alcorn believes that believers who are in Heaven right now are aware of what’s going on down here on earth. He reasons […]

Where Is Suicide the Most Common?

| September 3, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Most people get this wrong, really wrong. Malcolm Gladwell, in his latest book called David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, shares a bit of knowledge that is well worth pondering. Speaking of human feelings of sadness, happiness, and deprivation, Gladwell writes the following: Our sense of […]

Steve Jobs and the Problem of Evil

| July 23, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, we get a few paragraphs explaining Jobs’ thoughts about Christianity. Isaacson explains: Even though they were not fervent about their faith, Jobs’s parents wanted him to have a religious upbringing, so they took him to the Lutheran church most Sundays. That came to an end […]

Why Is There Human Pain and Suffering?

| May 23, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?  Some people blame God, or they claim that because there is so much pain and suffering, God must not exist.  The Bible, however, disagrees. Genesis 3 makes it clear that mankind was to live in perfect peace in paradise on […]

Can God Use Evil?

| May 16, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Although God is not the author of evil, he certainly allows it. Humans routinely commit evil acts against each other. We have been sinning against God and our fellow men ever since Cain killed Abel. Given all this evil, what does God do about it? Because of His omniscience (all-knowingness) and omnipotence […]

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