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Relativism and the Problem of Evil

The approach many relativists take at this point is confused. First, they say that the Holocaust was evil and ask why God would allow such depravity? Later, when the tables turn and their own behavior is in question, they argue that morality is merely a matter of opinion. This reduces their earlier objection to: "How could a good God allow things that are contrary to my opinion?" or, to put it more bluntly, "I can't believe in the existence of a God who would disagree with me."

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | February 28, 2013

What Should God Do?

When some tragedy strikes, people ask "Where was God?" I ask "What precisely did you expect God to do?  If you were in His place, what would you do?"  If you would use your power to stop evil, would you punish it or prevent it?  Either choice presents you with problems. One reason God doesn't wipe out all evil immediately is that the alternative would be worse.  This becomes evident by asking a simple question:  If God heard your prayer to eliminate evil and destroyed it all at midnight tonight, where would you be at 12:01?

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | February 28, 2013

Good Earthquakes

Sometimes detractors to Christianity object to the idea of God's existence because of the occurrence of "evil" natural disasters like earthquakes and floods, etc. God created a natural world that is good in that it accomplishes certain things. In order for plants to grow and to continue to nourish humans, the crust of the earth must be replenished. Plate tectonics is one thing that accomplishes this. The incidental by-products are things like earthquakes.

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | February 28, 2013

Double Standard on the Problem of Evil

If the truth were known, we do not judge disasters based on unprejudiced moral assessment, but rather on what is painful, awkward, or inconvenient for us. We don't ask, "Where is God?" when our pleasure comes at the price of another's pain (e.g., when our adultery destroys a marriage and the lives of the children involved).

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | February 28, 2013

Is Atheism a Crutch?

Some say Christianity is just a crutch. But let's turn the question on its edge for a moment. Is atheism an emotional crutch, wishful thinking? The ax cuts both ways. Perhaps atheists are rejecting God because they've had a bad relationship with their father. Instead of inventing God, have atheists invented non-God? Have they invented atheism to escape some of the frightening implications of God's existence? Think about it.

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | February 21, 2013

"Who Are You to Say?"

Taken at face value, the "Who are you to say?" question challenges one's authority to judge another's conduct. It says, in effect, "What authorizes you to make a rule for others. Are you in charge? Are you the police or the king or something?" This challenge miscasts my position. I don't expect anyone to obey me simply because I say so. I'm appealing to reason, not asserting my authority. Challenging me misses the point. I'm not commanding, but persuading. It's one thing to force beliefs; it's quite another to state those beliefs and appeal for them.

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | February 21, 2013

"Oh, You Believe in Absolutes? What Are They?"

      A favorite ploy of professors whose teaching on relativism is challenged in class is to ask, “If you believe in moral absolutes, what are they?”  A person might offer that it’s immoral to dock the professor’s pay just because he’s Jewish, or African-American, or a woman, or approves of homosexuals (or whatever your professor’s hot-button happens to be).

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | February 21, 2013

No Tolerance in Relativism

Morals are individual, relativists argue, therefore we ought to tolerate others' viewpoints and not pass judgment on their behavior and attitudes. It should be obvious that this attempt commits suicide. It fails through contradiction. There is no tolerance in relativism, because the moral obligation to be tolerant violates the rules.

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | February 21, 2013

A Short Argument for the Early Dating of the Gospels

Acts shows Mark can be dated in the 50s, and the undisputed early dating of other books confirms that the Jesus of the Gospels was not the result of a myth evolving over time. The so-called "search for the historic Jesus" is over one hundred years old.  Virtually nothing discovered during that time undermines the Gospel accounts.  There is no "new evidence" supporting the idea that the miracle-working Son of God was the result of an evolution of myth over a long period of time.  To the contrary, recent discoveries have given more credibilit

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | February 21, 2013

Why Did God Allow Evil?

When we raise children, we desire them to do good, but we realize they may turn out to be bad. So what do we do? Chain them to their beds or lock them in a closet to insure they stay out of mischief? That would be barbaric, In the same way, God has dignified man by giving him choices. He's gifted him with the privilege of making his own decisions. Man's choice to do good, to live in conformity with God's desires, is only meaningful if there is an alternate choice to do evil. God won't chain man to the bed or lock him in a closet. That would be cruel.

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | February 21, 2013