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Why We Suffer - by Michael Phillips
1 Peter - Part 14
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1 Peter 4:12-19
Nov 23, 2014 am - If you spend much time witnessing to unbelievers, it won't be long until you meet this objection: Why do bad things happen to good people? I call it an 'objection' and not a 'question', because most people who say it are not looking for an answer, but for an excuse--a reason to justify their unbelief. They say, 'If God is all powerful, He could prevent bad things from happening to good people, and if He is all loving, He would'. But, since He obviously does not keep bad things from happening to good people, He must be lacking in either power or love or both. Or, maybe there's no God at all. Some unbelievers are more articulate than others, but nearly all of them eventually fall back on this argument against the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. How would you answer them? The most common answer is the one given by my hero, CS Lewis. He says that suffering comes from the abuse of human free will. If God has made us persons--and not robots--we must be free to choose, and some people will choose evil over good, hating and hurting their neighbors over loving and caring for them. There's a lot of truth in this, of course: the gifts of God can be--and often are--abused. The hand ... More >>>


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