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<ul><li><p>Number one question -If you could ask God only one question and you knew He would give you an answer, what would you ask? Why? Why is there pain and suffering in the world? </p></li><li><p> Before</p><p>the Indian Ocean Tsunami of Dec. 26, 2004.</p></li><li><p>After</p></li><li><p>Quote from news reporter after KatrinaIf this world is the product of intelligent design, then the designer has some explaining to do. </p></li><li><p>I have found that religious believers are often conditioned to accept trite solutions to the problem of suffering, and that it is all but impossible to shake that conditioning through dry analysis. from an atheist website </p></li><li><p>Evil, Pain and Suffering: Heres the agnostic/atheist argument Agnostic: God of the Bible is completely good and loving.God of the Bible is all-knowing and all-powerful.Conclusion: Given all the evil, pain and suffering in the world, the God of the Bible is not real.</p></li><li><p>Question to the atheist/agnosticDoes NOT believing in God help with evil, pain and suffering?</p><p>Just asking</p><p>There are no easy answers to the problem that affects everyone regardless of what they believe about God.</p></li><li><p>Everybody HurtsPhysical pain: acute and chronicDisease: acute and chronicBroken relationshipsPoverty, hunger, etc.Violence; terrorism, genocide, violent crime, etc.Chronic fear (rape, natural disasters, abuse, etc.)Disappointment, feelings of failure, loss of hopeDeath of a loved one, mourning</p></li><li><p>Can you use the existence of evil to disprove that God exists?</p></li><li><p>To call something evil, you presuppose there is such a thing as good or that there is a moral law and a Lawgiver</p></li><li><p>Survival of the fittest</p></li><li><p>Well then</p><p>Why?</p></li><li><p>Round up the usual suspectsDont question God. His ways are so above our understanding that its futile to even wonder why?We dont know. We have no idea why these things happen.Others</p></li><li><p>We Can Suggest These Causes of SufferingFree Will people can make choices</p><p>Sin = people make poor choices</p><p>Natural Disasters = processes happen</p><p>Stupidity = Darwin Awards</p></li><li><p>Free Will: God Gives Us a Choice19I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, 20love the Lord your God, obey Him, and remain faithful to Him. Deut 30:19-20 (HCSB)choose for yourselves today the one you will worship Josh 24:15 (HCSB)My teaching isnt Mine, but is from the One who sent Me. 17If anyone wants to do His will, he will understand whether the teaching is from God or if I am speaking on My own. John 7:16-17 (HCSB)</p></li><li><p>Cause of Human Suffering and Evil: SINThe great majority (but not all) of suffering is the result of sinAddiction, lack of self-controlSexual immorality, perversion and abuseAnger, violenceGreedPride, arrogance, jealousy, desire for controlSelfishness</p></li><li><p>But what about God?Even an all-powerful God could not have created a world in which people had genuine freedom and yet there was no potentiality for sin, because our freedom includes the possibility of sin. </p></li><li><p>25But you say: The Lords way isnt fair. Now listen, house of Israel: Is it My way that is unfair? Instead, isnt it your ways that are unfair? Ezekiel 18:25 (HCSB)</p></li><li><p>There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your wayC.S. Lewis</p></li><li><p>Is Sin the Cause of All Suffering?Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? 3Neither this man sinned nor his parents, Jesus answered. This came about so that Gods works might be displayed in him. 4We must do the works of Him who sent Me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. John 9:2-5 (HCSB)</p></li><li><p>Causes of Suffering #3: Natural CausesPlate Tectonics- earthquakes and tsunamisWeather hurricanes, floods, tornadoesBacteria and viruses - disease</p></li><li><p>StupidityCant rule that out</p></li><li><p>God Is GoodAnd He is not distant</p></li><li><p>5For your husband is yourMaker His name is Yahweh of Hosts and the Holy One ofIsrael is yourRedeemer; He is called theGod ofall theearth. Isaiah 54:5 (HCSB)</p></li><li><p>10Though the mountains move and the hills shake, My love will not beremoved fromyou and My covenant ofpeace willnot beshaken, says your compassionate Lord. Isaiah 54:10 (HCSB)</p></li><li><p>5Father to the fatherless, defender of widows this is God, whose dwelling is holy. Psalms 68:5 (NLT)</p></li><li><p>I could never myself believe in God if it were not for the Cross. In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it? John Stott</p></li><li><p>God Is With Us</p></li><li><p>38For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord! Romans 8:38-39 (HCSB)</p></li><li><p>Even if we cant know why some things happen, we can know what didnt cause them. And in that, we can find HOPE!</p></li><li><p>25Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. 26Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never dieever. Do you believe this? John 11:25-26 (HCSB)</p></li><li><p>Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead! Is everything sad going to come untrue?</p></li><li><p>The answer is YES. And the answer of the Bible is YES. If the resurrection is true, then the answer is yes. Everything sad is going TO COME UNTRUE. Tim Keller</p></li><li><p>5And the one sitting on the throne said, "Look, I am making all things new!" And then he said to me, "Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true." Rev 21:5 (NLT)</p></li><li><p>How then should we live?Live for Jesus</p></li><li><p>What Should We Do?Live with integrity, like Job. Yet though He slay me, still I will trust Him.Use your suffering as an opportunity to show empathy. Remember everybody hurtsAlleviate suffering, not because it is evil, but because that is how God responds to sufferingShow compassion. Care for the weak and the defenseless. Honor God with your life.</p></li></ul>


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