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Why so Much Evil and Suffering?

Steve Shaw

Speaker: Steve Shaw

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EVIL AND SUFFERING

The late British Bible scholar John Stott says that the problem of evil and suffering “undoubtedly constitutes the single greatest challenge to the Christian faith.”

Indeed, three centuries before Jesus was even born, the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus laid out the problem as follows. Either God wants to abolish evil and suffering in this world, but can’t—in which case he’d be impotent—well-meaning, but lacking the power to get the job done. Or, he can abolish evil and suffering, but doesn’t want to—in which case he’d be wicked—a moral monster. But if God is both able and willing to abolish evil and suffering, then how do we account for all the evil and suffering in the world? If God exists, and is indeed all-loving, all-good, and all-powerful, why so much evil and suffering?

This sermon wrestles with this age-old challenge by exploring three powerful biblical themes.