How Could God Allow This?


The question is obvious: If God is good, how could He allow the terror of 9Ė11, 2001? The destruction of so many innocent lives, the shaking of our security and almost total disruption of our entire American culture has thrown such issues into our faces.

Trite phrases and religious slogans will not do in such a time. Who has thought deeply about these principles? Where are some answers? Is there any sense to be made of these horrific events (and, for that matter, tragedies like them around the world and down through the ages)?

We have collected several resources to help get at the roots of the problem of evil, which inevitably gets laid at Godís "doorstep." No easy answers, but some very thoughtful perspecitives.

Why Would a Loving God Allow Pain and Suffering?
Jay Lynch, M.D.
Pain and suffering are not abstract concepts to a cancer doctor who has seen them up close day-to-day. Professor of Oncology Jay Lynch, M.D. deals fully with the problem, its definition, various solutions to the problem, a biblical view of Job's sufferings and even the purpose of pain and suffering. He tells of new residents, dreading the treatment of depressed patients, coming away in awe of their strength and focus. Concludes Dr. Lynch, "There is a perfecting and purifying effect in our suffering...."

Where is God in the Midst of Tragedy?
Prior to September 11, 2001, we were a nation who felt protected, confident that terrorist attacks only happen "somewhere else." We thought our intelligence, defense technology and security information guarded us. To our dismay, we were wrong. Now we know that even Americans are not immune to the assaults of hatred from other countries.

The Problem of Evil
Rick Rood
The problem of how a good and powerful God could allow evil and suffering in His creation is discussed from both a philosophical and religious perspective.
[Spanish Version]

Is There Meaning in Evil and Suffering?
Discussion Forum
On February 11, 1999, a distinguished and diverse panel explored the question, "Is there meaning in evil and suffering?" Forum participants: Dr. Ravi Zacharias and Dr. William Lane Craig (both Christian theists), Dr. Bernard Leikind (naturalist scientist), and Dr. Jitendra Mohanty (scholar, Eastern religion). Visit the online RealMedia archive to hear this forum again.

When the Good Guys Don't Win
Rusty Wright
"Why is there suffering in the world?" ranked first in a national survey to determine the top 40 questions of life. Many human efforts to alleviate suffering and achieve happiness have borne some fruit, but each also contains examples of failure. This article considers a few of these human efforts, then asks revealing questions. Could we be missing the root of the problem? Could much human suffering be rooted in something deeper than flawed political systems or philosophical constructs? Might there be something wrong with the human heart?

Deliver Us From Evil
George Pytlik
This unique Web site takes you step by step into some general considerations of the problem of evil. The subject matter is based on material by Dr. Ravi Zacharias and others.

Would You Like to Know God Personally?
The following four principles will help you discover how to know God personally and experience the abundant life He promises.

The Glory of His Discontent: The Inconsolable Suffering of God
Don Hudson, Mars Hill Forum
"If the Christian life is a sojourn, which I believe it is, then the pilgrim on the way (Homo Viatoris) is moving from the innocence of Eden to the joy of heaven while trying to make sense of a tragic, suffering world."

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