What Tha Part 1 Evil and Suffering
(Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT) “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
The Theodicy Question
God is infinite.
(I John 3:20 CSB) whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows all things.
(Psalm 115:3) Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.
(Psalm 139:7) Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
God is sovereign.
(Ephesians 1:11 CSB) In him we have also received an inheritance, because we were predestined according to the plan of the one who works out everything in agreement with the purpose of his will,
(Daniel 4:35) All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”
God is good.
(Romans 5:12 TPT) When Adam sinned, the entire world was affected. Sin entered human experience, and death was the result. And so death followed this sin, casting its shadow over all humanity, because all have sinned.
Alternatives Beliefs for Suffering
1. Hinduism – Suffering is ultimately a product of karma, your evil actions or deeds.
2. Buddhism – Suffering is conquered through detachment. Distinguish desire and you no longer long for anything.
3. Islam – Suffering is caused by a god, submit to his will, and detach yourself from its effects.
4. New Age – Deny or minimize the existence of evil. Positive thinking is the key to defeating evil and suffering.
5. Atheism and Naturalism – Suffering is random and ultimately has no meaning.
All scripture is from the NIV unless otherwise noted