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?

Why Christianity Offends

Why Christianity Offends

The modern skeptic has at least one reasonable complaint, that is, that large swaths of the population accept whatever worldview they embrace without questioning that worldview, and without much or any thought as to the long-term consequences of those beliefs.