2018
November
Aside

How Can God Allow So Much Evil and Suffering?

Like shadow is to light, so it evil to good…

“One helpful approach to solving the problem of evil has to do with defining evil. Christian thinker Augustine defined evil not as a thing in and of itself, but as a parasite on good. Something that is lacking is not a thing in itself. For instance, if you have a hole in your jacket, the hole is not something, but rather is something that is lacking.”
“In this sense, Augustine defined evil as a privation – a lack of something – rather than a thing or substance.”
“This solves some important criticisms. If evil is not an actual thing, then God cannot be the author of evil. God is the author of good, but we make moral choices that result in evil.”

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The Good Of Doubt

Have doubts about God? You’re in good company…

“How long will our Lord stay away?… Where is my faith?… My God—how painful is this unknown pain… So many unanswered questions live within me—I am afraid to uncover them—because of the blasphemy.”
Mother Teresa

 

The above was one of the many doubts expressed by Mother Teresa in her letters and private journal. The Church and Mother Teresa kept these writings under wraps until 2007, a decade after her death.

They might have been uncomfortable about their doubts about God, perhaps you are too, but God isn’t. Continue Reading →

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