The Psychology Behind the Problem of Evil

The Psychology Behind the Problem of Evil

There is a sort of typical back and forth that occurs between skeptics and Christians that sounds a bit like this:

Skeptic: “If God loves everybody, why is there so much suffering in the world?”

Christian: “Because people choose to rebel against God.”

Skeptic: “If God can do anything, why couldn’t he have just created a world where no one would rebel against him?”

Christian: “Because then there would be no free will. People have to be able to choose whether or not to follow God for their love to be meaningful.”

Skeptic: “Fine. Then if God knew that the people he created were going to just rebel, why create them at all?”

This is typically the point at which the Christian is stumped.

Is there something beneficial to both Creature and Creator in a fall from grace, and the pain and suffering seen in the world?

Question of the Week: Can Eternity have a Beginning?

Question of the Week: Can Eternity have a Beginning?

On February 1, 2019, the Mentionables received this question from Seth F.:

The arguments is used for God's creation that creation had a beginning therefore it cannot be eternal. Scientists believe in the big bag so they believe the universe started, and Christians believe the universe started.  Because eternality is two directions past and future. How is it then that we humans each have a beginning of life, but also are going to live with God in eternity? If we are eternal beings them how did we have a beginning? Or are we not eternal beings?

Here are the responses from the Mentionables.

Question of the Week: What Keeps the Mentionables Going

Question of the Week: What Keeps the Mentionables Going

On December 17th, the Mentionables recieved the following question from JD:

The majority of The Mentionables have been in Online Apologetics for a few years now. You have seen/read/responded to hundreds if not thousands of memes, posts, trolls, etc. in your time as an OA (Online Apologist). What motivates you to keep going? You continually have to answer the same question worded in different ways and in different memes and receive the basic response each time (e.g. Responses to Questions no Christian can answer). 


Have you thought about 'retiring' to a home online where the trolls and memes don't play? What would it take for you to retire?


Thanks!


JD

Here are the answers from the team

Background Christianity

Background Christianity

When my wife and I first moved to Tennessee, there was a time she could hear the trains coming by as we lived probably less than a mile from the train tracks. I had got used to it. It took her a little while.

In the same way, when you grow up in a culture that has these kinds of moral beliefs, it’s natural to just assume that everyone knows that. They don’t.

Reset What?

Reset What?

This is a book review of the latest Answers in Genesis (AiG) Book; “Gospel Reset”. Now, with that in mind I have been extremely critical of AiG in a past article. However, I wanted to reject my presuppositions and come at this from a fresh take. I have engaged numerous people as of late who have unequivocally supported AiG as a Godly organization. This support has opened me up to giving AiG and more specifically Ken Ham a second chance. I truly did the best I could to free my mind from expectations and look for the best AiG had to offer, especially since this was sent to thousands of churches around the country. Even so, my expectations were a book that I might disagree with but could respect for its support of a literal Genesis and a presuppositional apologetics approach. Were my minimal expectations met? Read on to see and judge for yourself.