The most popular objection to belief in God is the so-called "problem of evil." Atheists point to the evil and suffering in the world and say it disproves the existence of a loving, all-powerful God. They say, "If God is all loving, He would put an end to evil and suffering. If He was all-powerful, He could put an end to evil and suffering. But since evil and suffering persist, the loving, all-powerful God of the Bible must not exist." How might Christians respond to this kind of reasoning? Why does God allow evil and suffering to persist? The resources below answer these questions and others.
"Evil and Suffering Do Not Disprove God's Existence" by Charlie Campbell
"Eight Ways God Works in the Midst of Evil and Suffering" by Charlie Campbell
"How Could a Loving God Command the Israelites to Destroy the Canaanites?" by Charlie Campbell
"Why Doesn't God Do More to Restrain Evil and Suffering?" by Randy Alcorn
"Handling Christianity's Toughest Challenge" by Lee Strobel
"What Does the Bible Say about the Problem of Evil?" by Don Stewart
"God and Human Suffering" by Tim Wildmon
"Holocaust Apologetics" by Barry Leventhal
"Why We Need Earthquakes" by Dinesh D' Souza
"The Problem of Evil" by William Lane Craig
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IF GOD IS LOVING, WHY IS THERE EVIL AND SUFFERING? (DVD) by Charlie Campbell
Daily we are confronted with headlines about wars, famines, earthquakes, disease, tsunamis, terrorists, refugees, and death. If God existed, surely He would not allow these things to exist or to continue...or would He? And if so, why? Couldn’t He prevent some of these things? Couldn’t He have made a better world? In this DVD, Charlie Campbell answers these and several other tough theological questions related to evil and suffering. If you’ve wrestled with these questions yourself, this DVD will be comforting and instructive; but it will also help equip you to reason with atheists and other critics of the Bible who think evil and suffering disprove God’s existence. 51 minutes. Click here to purchase.
IF GOD WHY EVIL? A New Way to Think About the Question (Book) by Dr. Norman Geisler
The problem of evil is perhaps the most difficult question the Christian must face. If God is good and all-powerful, why is there suffering in the world? Can't God put an end to murder, rape, and starvation? What about earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis? Why couldn't a perfect God have made a perfect world?
In this concise but thorough book, Dr. Norman Geisler carefully answers these tough questions, using step-by-step explanations and compelling examples. He walks the reader through time-tested answers but also provides a new approach revolving around whether or not this world is the "best of all possible worlds." All this adds up to comforting news for believers: we can rest assured that God is both loving and all-powerful. Paperback, 176 pages. Click here to purchase.