θiˈɒdɪsi - from the Greek theo- "god" + dikē "justice"
A vindication of God's goodness and justice
in the face of the existence of evil.
• 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?
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