θiˈɒdɪsi - from the Greek theo- "god" + dikē "justice"
A vindication of God's goodness and justice
in the face of the existence of evil.
With the world in an undoubted mess, should we be blaming God? After all, he made it for us, so if he’s all-powerful, couldn’t he sort it out for us? It’s a compelling argument against belief in an all-powerful benevolent God, and as an argument it dates back at least to Epicurus, a Greek philosopher who lived about 300 years before Christ. He stated it like this:
• Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
• Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
• Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
• Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
As pointed out in the previous talk, this argument is only relevant if the God we believe in is a personal God who cares about us. So let’s re-state the title of this talk, because this is the real issue: Why does a good God let us suffer? Jesus even promised that “in this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). Why?
Read more HERE