There’s an interesting article posted at Belief Map. He sets up the possible reasons with a very good explanation of the structure of the argument. His explanation allows him to balance the existence of suffering with “greater goods”. Most Christians can name some of the ones that he talks about: free will, character formation, etc. But what about this quote from a section entitled “Worldly people turning to seek God is good”: Seeking fellowship with God is a great good (especially in the context of eternity). This is relevant because, with less suffering, fewer would seek God. Indeed, • “Religiosity declines as worldly prosperity of individuals rises.”[2005 WIN-Gallup International poll]1 • Studies confirm that Christianity grows most rapidly during hardships.2
C.S Lewis wrote, “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” Let us always be mindful of our deep and endless need for forgiveness, and grateful for the limitless forgiveness that is extended to us through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Let us be grateful that He did not wait for us to make the first move. “God demonstrates his own love for us in this; while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). He initiated forgiveness of our sins, and in doing so, released its healing power into the lives of all who accept.
Devotional “Enemy” | Newsboys devotion When we look in the mirror, sometimes the reflection staring back at us is our own worst enemy. If we will let them, the world will feed us lies that will beat our self-worth into the ground. Culture will tell us there’s no bigger purpose in our pain, no relief for our addictions. We’re quick to convince ourselves our actions don’t matter and even quicker to blame someone else, always looking for a scapegoat and a stone to throw. Used to think You didn’t care / Was just a pawn in the game You were playin’ / Puttin’ walls up everywhere / Never thought You heard a word I was prayin’ There will always be someone else to blame. But that’s the easy way out, the cowardly escape route. It’s much harder to bravely admit that we’ve messed up, that it’s our fault and we can’t fix what we’ve done. Sometimes the only thing that stands in the way of becoming all that God created us to be is an arrogant, distorted view of ourselves.
“God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation.”
― Francis Bacon
When a knowledgeable person looks at a work of art, they can often tell you a great deal about the artist, even if the work is an unsigned and previously unknown piece of art. By looking at the chemical composition of the paint, and canvas they can make an educated guess when the painting was done, sometimes where it was done, if any known works by that artist have been discovered they can tell you who did it, or can identify who taught the artist, and many other things.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (KJV)
In a sense this universe and every natural thing in it is a grand painting by God.
The same way that you can study an historical painting, and discover many things about the artist, you can study the universe and discover many things about God.
Even some atheist scientist have begun to see the need for an intelligent creator.
“All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together.
We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”
― Max Planck
I guess I will start this post by linking to something a friend of mine named Joel Furches wrote about an atheist engineer. (link is dead) He writes: As an Aerospace Engineer for the U.S. Navy, Jason Pratt is not inaccurate when he describes himself as a rocket scientist for the government. He has flown […]