I was thinking about this type of question lately when I was researching a book that was suggested for our Waters Edge Church Community Group. The principle of the book was a supposedly skeptical "journalist" whose purpose was to make a case for faith by asking "experts" questions related to the toughest objections to Christianity. These include questions such as:
- If there's a loving God, why does the world have so much suffering and evil?
- If the miracles of God contradict our laws of science, then how can any rational person believe that they are true?
- If God is morally pure, how can he sanction the slaughter of innocent children as the Old Testament says he did?
- If Jesus is the only way to heaven, then what about the millions of people who have never heard of him?
- If God so loves us, then why does he allow natural disasters to occur that can kill thousands upon thousands of innocents?
- God's ways are not our ways; we can never understand what he does and why.
- He does not stop suffering and evil for the sake of free will that he has given us.
- We must trust the Bible wholly because it has never been disproven.
- Suffering is allowed to occur because technically nobody is innocent; we all are plagued by the original sin of Adam.