Our problem, this article says, is evil. It traces the origin of all evil in the world to the sin of Adam and Eve. Subsequently, it states that repentance and faith in Jesus Christ are the only remedy to this problem.
The article struggles with the problem of the existence of evil in the world and presents it both as a Christian problem and as an atheistic problem. Amid the various perspectives, the author seeks a more God-centred perspective that will recognize that God has purposes beyond those that we can presently understand.
The article attempts to define and discuss the problem of evil, citing its existence in creation where an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent God could have made certain it does not affect people, at least his chosen ones. In the discussion, the article engages the views of anti-theists, proponents of the free-will defense, and other Reformed theologians. The conclusion answers the question whether God would and did create a world containing evil.
The author gives a short discussion of the problem of evil, especially from a biblical perspective. In the discussion, the author deals with the church's description of it as privation and negation as well as (actual) privation. Despite its existence, the believer is expected to experience it and come out of it victorious.
Why did God allow evil? In order to answer this question, Christians must begin with acknowledging having insufficient knowledge and understanding. The author continues on to say that God could have prevented evil, but He is not the author of evil. God uses evil to bring His good purpose and to reveal His character.
An objection frequently raised against the existence of a good God is the existence of suffering and evil. This article shows that this objection has no grounds, because in scripture it is clear that evil and a good God do exist and that this existence is not incompatible. The author shows how through apologetics one can move from this objection to the heart of the gospel.
Is it a problem that a good God permits evil? This article discusses the problem of evil, offering five questions that must be asked and answered.
Did God create evil? To answer this question, another one must be asked: what is evil? This article looks at how Augustine answered both these questions.
With a view towards Roman 3:1-8, Romans 5:1-5 and Romans 8:28-39, this article shows how understanding God as Lord, Saviour and Spirit is crucial to dealing with the questions around the evil and suffering in this world. This understanding helps to encourage believers to trust and rely on the righteousness and goodness of God.
Does the existence of evil nullify the existence of the good and all-powerful God? This is the problem that the existence of evil poses. To answer this question this article looks at the objections raised from the intellectual and emotional side of the problem of evil. The author points to God as the solution.
The problem of evil is a serious challenge to the Christian faith. What is the theoretical structure of the problem? This article surveys current (1978) views in theological literature on this problem. The paper identifies two important formulations of the problem from an atheistic position. It then formulates possible responses to these atheistic positions, from a Christian theological and philosophical position.
This article considers the question whether God foreordained evil and suffering.
Martin Luther is well-known for his theology of the cross. This theology of Luther is based on his view of the love of God and how it relates to suffering and evil. The author introduces into the discussion a Finnish school of interpretation of Luther. This school offers a new understanding of these themes in Luther's theology. In particular the real presence of Christ in the believer is highlighted.