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 article has two main focal points, the reality of the destructive powers of evil in this world and the victory of Christ over them. It wants to identify the nature of evil powers and Satan in the New Testament. In the second part, the article examines the nature of Christ's victory over the powers. It notes the supremacy of Christ, the role of the church in this supremacy, and the new life of believers as a consequence of this.
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.
This article considers the question whether God foreordained evil and suffering.
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.
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.
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.
Questions about evil tend to be the same. Did God know it was going to happen? Where was God? Does God have knowledge about the future? Was God able to prevent it? Why should we pray to God when it seems as if He can't actually keep bad things from happening?
A very old Christian summary of the evil forces Christians have to contend with calls them "the world, the flesh, and the devil". This article discusses false and weak ways of dealing with evil. The author maintains that resistance to evil requires that we take up the whole armor of God.
"We Christians are caught in a dilemma: it is captured succinctly by Amos: "Does disaster come to a city, unless the LORD has done it?" (Amos 3:6). It is simply not an option for us to remove God from the context of evil and then suddenly invoke him when the sun shines". This article is about God and evil, suffering, the goodness of God and disasters.