These are to whet your appetite for our 4th message in the “Can’t Believe” series, as we see how Jesus engaged those who were “disappointed” with him.
“But it’s a mistake (though a very understandable mistake) to think that if you abandon your belief in God it somehow is going to make the problem easier to handle. . . . The problem ofinjustice and suffering is a problem for belief in God but it is also a problem for disbelief in God—for any set of beliefs.”
“Just because you can’t see or imagine a good reason why God might allow something to happen doesn’t mean there can’t be one.”
If you’ve got an infinite God big enough to be mad at for the suffering in the world, then you also have an infinite God big enough to have reasons for it that you can’t think of.
“Suffering may be God’s way of defeating the devil.”
~Dr. Peter John Kreeft
“My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”
~C. S. Lewis
“Bad is so bad, that we cannot but think good an accident; good is so good, that we feel certain that evil can be explained.”
~G. K. Chesterton
“If God does not exist, then we are locked without hope in a world filled with pointless and unredeemed suffering.”
~William Lane Craig
“I have never found the problem of evil very persuasive as an argument against deities. . . . I have always thought the ‘Problem of Evil’ was a rather trivial problem for theists.”
~Richard Dawkins [Dawkins, of course, thinks that the problem of evil is trivial because thegreater problem is the “problem of improbability.”]
“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.”