The Problem of Evil

Greg discusses a road block that often stands in the way of belief in Christianity.




00:06 Probably the most perennial challenge to any form of theism, especially Christian

00:13 theism, is the problem of evil. This is huge, and it's the kind of thing that

00:18 people bring up all the time. I actually like the problem of evil. I

00:24 mean, I don't like evil, but I like it as an issue because of where it leads me. It

00:31 turns out that the problem of evil is not the problem for Christianity that a

00:37 lot of people think it is. Our entire story is all about the problem of evil,

00:43 okay? It starts in the third chapter, and it ends 66 books later. Our whole story

00:50 is about how God deals with the problem of evil. Let me make an observation at

00:56 this point. In our story, God deals with it. In other stories, good luck.

01:02 God isn't big enough, He's in it with the rest of us, victimized by evil, that's one

01:08 approach. Evil is an illusion, a lot of Eastern religions have that view. Wow,

01:14 that works? That's not a solution. Atheism, they can't even make sense of the

01:20 problem of evil because in their story it's in the beginning were the

01:24 particles moving by natural forces. and that's the beginning and the end of it.

01:30 That's it. You're not gonna get any morality in

01:32 that system. And Darwinism isn't gonna help you, okay? Because you can't get an

01:38 objective moral principle to ground the problem of evil from reorganizing

01:43 material stuff. It doesn't happen, okay? So in our story, we take the problem of evil

01:50 seriously, and God deals with it. He deals with it in two ways. First, He becomes a

01:57 man in the person of Jesus of Nazareth to

02:02 rescue human beings for their own guilt for contributing to the problem of evil.

02:08 Let's face it, in our story, man started this problem.

02:11 So man's responsible for this problem to the Sovereign who made all things right

02:17 to begin with, and then we messed it up. Big problem.

02:20 So can we fix it? We can't fix it, so God decides to help us by taking the

02:29 responsibility, or I should say the guilt, for our crimes against God on Himself so

02:35 that we can be forgiven, taking up residence inside of us so that the evil

02:41 in our lives can get less and less and less as we grow in our friendship with

02:48 Him and in our personal holiness, sanctification, we become better

02:53 people. This happens all the time. It's standard

02:57 fare, okay. And there's also a plan down the line. Our story's not over yet. Down

03:05 the line there's a plan to restore goodness completely to the creation, but

03:14 God's gonna do it in a way that He is able to rescue a whole bunch of guilty

03:21 people through forgiveness, and that's what's going on in this section of

03:26 the story, and boy am I glad that's the case. Because if you think about for many

03:31 people if God we're gonna deal with the problem of evil tonight at 12:00

03:35 midnight, where would they be at 12:01? C.S. Lewis says when the Author walks on the

03:42 stage, the play is over. No, God is delaying because there are more people

03:48 yet to experience God's mercy and forgiveness instead of His judgement

03:56 and that's why the delay. God didn't cause the problem of evil, but He has

04:02 taken it upon Himself to solve it.

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Greg Koukl