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.

ARTICLES:

“Does Evil & Suffering Disprove God’s Existence? No.” 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

“Where is God in Natural Disasters?” by Erwin Lutzer (part two)  

“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

“Why Did God Allow The Holocaust?”

“Holocaust Apologetics” by Barry Leventhal

“Why We Need Earthquakes” by Dinesh D’ Souza

“The Problem of Evil” by William Lane Craig


ABR’s ONLINE APOLOGETICS COURSE:
 

On-demand, streaming apologetics classes taught by Charlie Campbell


RECOMMENDED RESOURCES IN OUR ONLINE STORE:

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IF GOD IS LOVING, WHY IS THERE EVIL AND SUFFERING?
(DVD or mp4 video download)

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 video 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. Length: 51 minutes.

THE END TIMES & BEYOND: A Concise, Chronological Overview of End-Time Bible Prophecies

What does the Bible say about the future? Will wars and famines ever cease? Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? Will Jesus return to the Earth? Learn where the world is headed in this clear overview of upcoming events in Bible prophecy. Pastor, author, and teacher Charlie Campbell, discusses prophecies surrounding:

• Societal Degeneration
• the Rapture
• the Tribulation + Antichrist
• the Invasion of Israel
• the Battle of Armageddon
• Jesus’s Second Coming + Reign
• the Great White Throne Judgment
• the New Earth + more 

Charlie holds to a Pretribulational Rapture and Premillennial Second Coming (the same view shared by Norman Geisler, John Walvoord, John MacArthur, Warren Wiersbe, Chuck Smith, etc.).

A group of teenagers visiting Israel with their families risk their lives investigating the whereabouts of Bible-affirming archaeological artifacts that were stolen from a museum in Jerusalem. Will they find the artifacts? Why are they important? What did they reveal about the Bible? Find out in Dakota Knox and the Archaeology Thief! The sequels are out here: Book 2 and Book 3

 

ONE-MINUTE ANSWERS TO SKEPTICS: Concise Responses to the Top 50 Objections & Questions

Could you use help answering atheists, skeptics, and agnostics’ top 50 objections and questions about God and the Bible? Objections like:
 

•  “Why doesn’t God just appear to us in a public setting and prove He exists?”
•  “The New Testament authors stole details for Jesus’s life story from religions that were around long before Christianity!”
•  “The God of the Old Testament commanded the Israelites to commit genocide!”
•  “The Bible condones slavery! Only evil, selfish men would concoct a book like that!”
•  “You think Christianity is true because you live in the West and were brought up in the Christian faith. If you had been born in India, you’d be a Hindu!”

Learn how these and other objections and questions can be answered.

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE FOR THE BIBLE: Discoveries that Verify People, Places, and Events in the World's Most Influential Book

Archaeologists have unearthed thousands of ancient artifacts, documents, and inscriptions that verify details in the Bible. Join Charlie Campbell for a journey through the ancient land of the Bible (Israel, Egypt, Jordan, etc.) to learn about dozens of these fascinating discoveries. This updated edition features:

•  New discoveries
•  Concise explanations of finds
•  100+ color photographs
•  Bible-history timeline
•  Subject and Scripture index
•  Questions for discussion
•  300+ footnotes for further study
•  Q&A with the author

 

CHARLIE CAMPBELL'S ENTIRE VIDEO LIBRARY

This tiny USB flash drive contains all 34 of Charlie Campbell’s videos (approx. 50 mins. each) on a wide variety of issues related to the defense of the Christian faith. Just plug it into the USB port on your television or computer (Mac or PC) and begin watching. Click here to order or for more details.

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APOLOGETICS QUOTES: Words That Will Strengthen Your Faith & Equip You to Answer Critics of the Bible

This updated edition now includes more than 500 faith-strengthening quotes by leading defenders of the Christian faith . . .

•  Norman Geisler
•  Lee Strobel
•  John Lennox
•  Ron Rhodes
•  C.S. Lewis
•  Josh McDowell
•  Frank Turek
•  J. Warner Wallace + lots more

Includes author, subject, and scripture index.

 

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SCROLLS & STONES: Compelling Evidence the Bible Can Be Trusted

Can we trust the Bible? Isn’t the Bible just “ancient fiction” written by fallible, perhaps even deceitful men? Haven’t books of the Bible been lost and even tampered with down through the centuries? Isn’t the Bible out-of- sync with scientific discoveries? What about the apparent contradictions in the Bible? What makes the Bible any different than the Hindu Vedas, Quran, or Book of Mormon?  Charlie Campbell has been researching answers to questions like these for nearly twenty-five years. It was his initial research that led him to become a follower of Jesus in 1990. In Scrolls & Stones he shares some of the evidence that changed his mind back then but also fascinating new discoveries . . . all confirming the reliability of the Bible. You’ll learn about:

•  Extrabiblical Historical Sources that Verify Biblical Events
•  Scientific Discoveries Archaeological Evidence
•  Fulfilled Prophecies
•  Ancient Scrolls and Manuscripts
•  Answers to Skeptics’ Objections and Questions
•  Questions for further reflection and small group discussion
•  Full subject index

 


YOUTH APOLOGETICS COURSE

Many teens growing up in Christian homes have not been exposed to the wealth of evidence and good arguments for God’s existence and the trustworthiness of the Bible. Under-equipped and weak in their faith, many young adults walk away from the Christian faith after they move out of the house, if not before. ABR hears this sad story over and over from heartbroken parents. Well, we would love to help prevent this from happening to your son or daughter. Charlie Campbell, the founder of ABR, has developed a “Youth Apologetics Course” that will help EQUIP your son or daughter to STAND STRONG in the truth and “contend earnestly for the faith” (Jude 3). It consists of ten videos, two books, and a fill-in-the-blank workbook that your teen can watch, read, and go through at their own pace at home. Learn more here.