Our homepage features an article by Greg with a twist in the response to the problem of evil posed as a challenged to God's existence. Dennis McCallum has a number of very helpful outlines at Xenos Christian Fellowship, and he offers some helpful thoughts along the same lines as Greg on the topic:
- God created the fact of freedom--man performs the acts of freedom.
- God made evil possible; but free will creatures make evil actual.
- The ability to do something does not necessitate doing it. God is able to control everything, yet he allows free will. The Atheistic position reduces to a moral judgment that absence of all evil is more desirable than freedom.
In his arguments against God's existence, the atheist presupposes an ultimate standard of justice and good when he refers to evil.
1. Ask, "What basis does the atheist have for saying there is evil in the world?" " Is this not an appeal to his own relative moral feelings and opinions?" "Why should his feelings be authoritative?"
2. Ask, "What's your explanation?" Never accept the burden of being the only one who has to hold to a cohesive and consistent world view.