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The Question of Evil

Many years ago, Hollywood made a movie about Eric Ericsson, who spied on the Nazis in World War II. Ericsson was a Swedish businessman who had many contacts in Germany; after the war began, and taking advantage of Swedish neutrality, he kept up those contacts, only now he was working in secret for the Allies. In the movie, which was based on a book about his espionage, no one at all–his wife, his parents, his friends–knew what he was doing. All of them were horrified at his overly pro-Nazi sentiments, but he had no choice but to lead them on.

In the movie (called The Counterfeit Traitor) there was a scene in a restaurant where an old business friend, a Jewish man, approached Eric’s table. Immediately, and publicly, Eric began berating him, saying loudly and rudely that he didn’t want to talk with him and that he didn’t do business with Jewish “scum,” or something to that effect. However much he hated doing it, Eric had to make everyone believe he was fervently pro-Nazi; otherwise, not only what his espionage in danger, his life was as well.

After the meal, as Eric was leaving, the Jewish man walked past him quickly, handed him a note, and left. Carefully, Eric opened the note, which said something to the effect of, I don’t know why you are doing this, but I will never believe that this is how you really feel. If there is anything I can do to help you, let me know. The counterfeit traitor burned the note and moved on.

Now, I bring up this account to introduce what’s admittedly a difficult topic: the question of evil, and human suffering. Evil and suffering themselves are difficult enough, but when you, as I do, believe that we are here because of a loving, caring, powerful God, the question get a little more difficult. If we took the prevailing scientific view of the world, then it’s not so hard to explain. Pain and suffering are the results of what happens when we live in a world created purely by chance, a world and a universe with no purpose or intention in mind. We just happen to be in a universe that doesn’t care about us, and the forces of nature and chance and so forth have just happened to create a world where there’s a great deal of pain and suffering. It all means nothing because the world itself means nothing; it has just turned out this way and, one day the world and us and all that we have ever stood for or accomplished will vanish into nothingness.

On the other hand, if you believe in a loving, powerful God, the question of pain and suffering gets a little dicier, a little more difficult, because how do you reconcile the seemingly endless train of human suffering and woe-—sickness, war, disease, crime, depravity, natural disaster—with a loving God who is in control? It’s a good question, one that humans have been struggling with for thousands of years. Three centuries before Christ, a Greek named Epicurus wrote: “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”

This difficult subject is the topic of the book you hold in your hands, How Dare you Judge Us, God? It has been written by someone who, like that Jewish man in the story above, knew enough the character of Eric Ericsson to know that something was wrong, that what he was seeing was not reflective of what his friend was really like. In the same way, the evil we see in the world is not reflective of the love and character of God.

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