How can there be a good god with all of the horrendous evil that exists in this world? That’s an objection that is frequently heard whenever conversation takes a serious turn.
Cross-examined.org’s Dr. Frank Turek was asked this question during a recent presentation. His answer connected some key factors that are usually considered not merely unrelated but complete opposites.
“The existence of evil does not disprove the existence of God, it actually proves it,” explains Turek. “Why? Because evil is a lack of the good thing, but evil doesn’t exist unless good exists and good doesn’t exist unless God exists.”
In fact, Turek said, “evil doesn’t disprove there is a god. Evil may prove there is a devil out there, but evil can’t disprove God because there would be no such thing as evil unless there is good and there would no such thing as good unless God exists.”
Turek goes on to quote the famous point of C.S. Lewis about having a shadow requires there to be a sun. No sun means no shadow. There can be a sun and no shadow but not the other way around.
The harder question to answer is “why would God allow so much evil to continue to exist?” Turek’s answer will perhaps raise a lot of eyebrows. Check it out:
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