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Wrestling With God: Why Is There Evil and Suffering? - Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - Pastor Steve Brown

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Release Date: 02/18/2016

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The Biblical, true, quick, but not very satisfying answer to this question is that evil and suffering are a result of our rebellion against God. The real question we have is this: Why does God allow evil and suffering? This is the classic problem of evil (the Stoic Dilemma). If God is all loving and all powerful, why do evil and suffering occur? On one hand, there is not find in the Bible a simple and clear answer to this dilemma and we will continue to struggle with this question until they day when we will see God face to face and we will know fully God’s plan (1 Cor. 13:12). But the primary truth of the whole Bible is what God accomplished for us in Jesus. Jesus is God’s answer to the problem of evil and suffering. We continue to wrestle with this because of the extreme pain we experience and our confusion and doubt over what God has ultimately accomplished for us through Jesus.
 
After hearing this sermon, we hope that you will better understand that the problem of evil remains in our lives, but that Jesus is God’s answer.