Category: Apologetics

If God Exists Why Does He Allow Evil & Suffering?

Many skeptics and atheists have asked some of these questions: If God exists, why doesn’t God stop innocent people from getting senselessly shot and killed by a crazy gunman; Why would God do nothing as a young child is raped and abused; Why would God watch people die from starvation every day or why doesn’t God stop a hurricane from destroying people’s homes and lives?
In other words – if God exists, and if God is loving, then why does He allow evil and suffering?

In order to understand the issue of evil and suffering and why they exist, we need to have an understanding of the following:

1. The Nature of Mankind
Mankind is sinful or imperfect. We are capable of doing evil things to each other because of the sinful condition of our heart. We are not only capable of harming others – but our own sinful actions can bring harm to ourselves or our own lives.

In Jeremiah 17:9, God says: “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?”

2 Timothy 3:1-4 says: But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God

Therefore, Scripture is clear that mankind contributes to the evil and suffering that is in the world because the condition of our own hearts are sinful.
For example, whenever we hear that someone cheated on his wife; or that somebody is abusing others; or when we lie and deceive one another – it is important to understand that these actions and many others such as those mentioned in 2 Timothy 3:1-4, contribute to the suffering of others and to the evil that is in the world.
It is the nature of cause and effect. Our actions affect others directly or indirectly.

God has also given mankind freewill. Therefore man is not a machine – but instead man has the ability to make his own choices and decisions. This means that man has the freewill to make good choices and bad choices. God says “See, I set before you today life and good, death and evil…” (Deuteronomy 30:15-19).
Adam and Eve were given a choice in the Garden of Eden to either obey God or disobey Him. Eventually they decided to disobey God and as a result, a once perfect world became imperfect and full of evil because of the entrance of sin in the life of man and on the earth (Genesis 3:1-24).
Therefore mankind must accept responsibility and accountability for evil existing in the world. There is no human being in the world who can claim that he/she has never sinned or done anything bad.
Romans 3:10 says that “none is righteous, no, not one”.

 

2. God Can Use Evil To Fulfill His Plan & Purpose
In Genesis there is the story of a young man by the name of Joseph whose older brothers were so jealous of him that they planned to murder Joseph (Genesis 37:18). Later instead of killing Joseph, the brothers decided to throw Joseph in a pit and then they sold him as a slave to the Ishmaelites who then took him to Egypt to live as a slave (Genesis 37:26-28). In Egypt Joseph is falsely accused of rape by Potiphar’s wife and he’s thrown into prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
These bad circumstances in Joseph’s life depict and reflect some of the most unfair and terrible things that can happen to a person in life. One could say that Joseph did not deserve the evil and injustice that happened to him at the hands of his own family and in Egypt.
However the reality is that God is able to use all situations – whether good or evil to fulfill His own plan and purposes. Joseph himself came to this realization in the midst of his sufferings.
We learn that because of his trials Joseph grew spiritually and God used Joseph’s experiences to prepare him and mold him into the type of man that God wanted him to be. Even through his circumstances, the Bible depicts that God was with Joseph.
Joseph eventually meets his brothers who once tried to kill him at a time when his brothers were in great need of assistance. Joseph says to his brothers who had once tried to kill him by saying “… You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good…” (Genesis 50:19-20).

Many people who have gone through bad experiences or traumatic circumstances are often some of the most equipped people to help, empathize or counsel others to overcome the same issues.

Romans 8:28 says: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

God works ALL things together for GOOD. This means that God works BOTH good and bad situations for GOOD and for His own purposes.

 

3. God is Patient to Sinners
God is so loving that He is patient even to evil people. God is so loving that He is willing to give even the wicked a chance to repent and accepted Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:9 says: The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

The truth is, we are all sinners who are not deserving of Heaven. However, God is gracious, loving and patient towards us.
Therefore if it appears as if God is delaying justice; or if it appears as if God is not dealing with the problem of evil – it’s because God is also exercising patience towards those who are not born again Christians. God is still working to bring many people to repentance and to accept Christ as Lord and Saviour.
The apostle Paul is an example of a man who did wicked things before his conversion. Paul killed many Christians until he was converted by Jesus Christ. Therefore Christ showed patience, love and grace towards Paul who had once killed Christians (Acts 9:1-19).

 

4. God Is Sovereign and In Total Control
Even though evil exists and even though there appears to be so much confusion in the world – God is fully and always in control.
There is nothing that can surprise God and there is nothing that God cannot handle.
In Isaiah 46:9-10, God says that He declares the end from the beginning and that He shall accomplish all that He plans and purposes.
With our finite minds it is difficult to understand or grasp why God allows specific evil events to occur – such as the murder of innocent people or the abuse of a child.
When we read the book of Job in the Bible – Job suffered many pains and losses – yet in the end, God does not explain to Job the reasons why He allowed Job to suffer.
All we should know and trust as finite human beings is that God is sovereign and in control. He is able to use all situations for His plans and purposes. We must also know that eventually God will indeed rid the world of all evil.

 

Does God Predestine People to Hell?

Does God predestine certain people to go to hell? Were certain people created just so that they can be punished by God in hell?
There are some people who believe that God creates various people whose purpose and fate is to be sent to hell.
However, what does the Bible really teach about God’s nature and the issue of predestination?

2 Peter 3:9 says the following: “The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance”

We therefore learn from 2 Peter 3:9 that God does not wish for anybody to perish. We also learn that God desires for all people to repent.
Therefore based on this scripture alone, it is clear that God does not predestine people to go to hell. Therefore, God has not created anybody with the specific intention or purpose of ensuring that such a person goes to hell.

The reason people go to hell is based upon their own freewill or personal choice to reject God and to reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Romans 1:21 says “For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened”

Freewill relates to mankind’s ability to make his own choice and decisions. God created man with a mind and therefore man has the ability to choose between right and wrong or between good and evil.
Therefore every person has the freewill to both choose God and follow Him – or to reject Him.
God does not force anyone to become a Christian but He allows us to make a choice.

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given a choice to obey God by not eating the forbidden fruit but instead they made the choice to listen to the devil (Genesis 3:1-24).
Therefore one of the unique aspects of mankind which differentiates us from animals, is our ability to have freewill. It’s also important to note that God does not violate our freewill. He does not force us to love Him; He does not force us to follow Him; God does not force us to do anything.
Deuteronomy 30:19 God says that he sets before us life and death, blessing and cursing but He urges us to use our freewill and choose life.

However, the fact that God does not force us or violate our freewill – this does not release us from the consequences of making bad decisions or evil choices.
For example, when a person is presented with the gospel of Jesus Christ but yet refuses to become a born again Christian, then that particular person will go to hell because he/she has rejected Christ.
1 John 5:12 says “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life”

Every cause has an effect. It is a natural and spiritual part of life that there are consequences or effects that coincide with the choices or decisions we make.
The consequence of Adam and Eve’s decision to disobey God was that sin affected all of mankind.
Romans 5:12 says “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned”

Man is therefore accountable for the choices he makes. Man cannot hold anybody else accountable for his own mistakes or choices done by his own freewill. Even in Genesis 3:1-24, God held Adam, Eve and the serpent accountable for their own freewill actions in the Garden of Eden.

John 3:9 says “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil”.

Therefore, when people go to hell – it is not because God predestined that they should go to hell, but it is because people made freewill choices that sent them to hell.
Therefore hell is a choice because there are people who love darkness instead of the light; there are people who love the pleasures of sin rather than good; there are people who follow wickedness rather than righteousness.

God knows in advance who will go to hell and who will go to heaven because God is by nature omniscient or all-knowing. However this does not mean that He predestines anyone to go to hell.
In fact, just as we read in 2 Peter 3:9, God desires that all people should repent. Unfortunately this is not possible because there are people who exercise their freewill to reject God and the gospel of Christ.

We were created to have fellowship with God. We were created for the purpose of glorifying God. God never intended for anyone to go to hell.
In fact, hell was originally created for the devil and the fallen angels (Matthew 25:41).
However, due to sin and also the purposeful and freewill rejection of Jesus Christ, those who do not become born again will also encounter the same fate as the devil and the fallen angels.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
Today I repent and have decided to follow you. Thank you for forgiving all my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Is There Evidence of God?

How can we know that God exists? Is there natural or scientific evidence that we can point to, concerning the argument for intelligent design? Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?

Below are several reasons that scientifically prove that God exists

1. The DNA Code
Bill Gates the Founder of Microsoft said that “DNA is like a software program – only much more complex than anything we’ve ever devised”.
Even Richard Dawkins who is a well-known atheist has admitted to the possibilities of intelligent design and he stated himself that genes are coded information and that genes even look like computer information.
Antony Flew was a scientist who spent his entire life in support of evolution. However when he studied the findings of genetic information in DNA, he eventually became a creationist.
The DNA code is known as the instruction book for life. DNA is a language and an information storage system.
Therefore just like a software program was designed by an intelligent designer, it makes sense that the DNA code which is far more complex was designed by a Someone who is super-intelligent.
It’s also important to note that all types of codes and all types of languages are designed or created by a conscious mind. Examples of symbolic codes can be music symbols, binary code, or blueprints. Examples of languages can be HMTL, C++, hieroglyphics, Hebrew or the English language.
Therefore all instructions, all languages, all symbols and all codes are information which originate from a conscious and intelligent source. It would make sense then to conclude that DNA comes from an intelligent source.
Imagine if you tried to convince Bill Gates that his Windows operating system could program itself into a digital information format, manufacture a case for itself, assemble a hard drive, motherboard and power supply and then run its own application software without any intelligence from an outside source.
Therefore the same conclusion is with the DNA code. The DNA code did not just create itself but DNA is evidence of a super-intelligent designer. In this case – God.

 

 

2. The Earth & Creation
The Earth is the only known planet that sustains life for humans, animals and plants. The Earth is perfect in its size; in its position in the solar system and in the gases that it contains in order to make life possible.
If the Earth was close to the sun then we would all burn up.
If the Earth was further away from the sun then we would all freeze.
Therefore the Earth’s distance from the sun is perfect while it perfectly spins and rotates around the sun.
It contains the perfect mixture of gases for life. It contains water for which no type of life-form can be sustained without a measure of water from human, to plant, to animal life.
There are not only billions of humans, but there are millions of animal and plant species whose biology and structure speak of intelligent design and not coincidence.
The structure of the Earth is therefore evidence of an intelligent designer who created the Earth.

 

3. The Laws of Nature
The universe operates by uniform laws of nature. We can count on the rotation of the earth every 24 hours. We can count on the laws of gravity remaining consistent. We can count on the earth being sustained in its exact position from the sun.
In fact we live in a universe that abides by the rules of mathematics. Therefore coincidence doesn’t exist.
The fact that the universe operates by laws is reflection that there is a lawgiver. The universe operates under the laws and instructions of someone intelligent.

 

4. The Universe had a Beginning
Scientists agree that the universe had a beginning. There are differences of course regarding who / what caused the beginning of the universe.
However, nothing CANNOT produce something.
The complexity of the structure of the universe, including life on Earth, is evidence that there was an intelligent mind behind the beginning of the universe.
Nobody has ever observed or tested “nothing” producing something.
It makes sense then that the universe had a first cause. That first cause was an intelligent being.

Is there evidence of God? Yes there is.

 

Romans 1:20
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

Psalms 104:24-25
How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

 

Who Were The Nephilim?

The Nephilim are first mentioned in Genesis 6:1-4 were the Bible says the following:

Genesis 6:1-4
When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

So who or what were the Nephilim? Well the most popular view of what the Nephilim were with the interpretation of Genesis 6:1-4 is that the Nephilim were the offspring of sexual relationships between the “sons of God” or fallen angels and the human women.
Therefore when fallen angels or demons mated with human females, what resulted through such a sexual union was the offspring or hybrids called the Nephilim.

So what did the Nephilim look like? The Nephilim have been described as being a race of giants and hybrids. Therefore they had a mixture of human and demonic DNA.
According to sources such as the Book of Enoch and the Bible, the Nephilim had great size, great influence, great power and they were extremely wicked and evil.
They were also treated as “gods” because of their stature and power.

Genesis 6:1-7 when read in context gives us the picture that one of the main reasons why God may have decided to destroy the earth through the great flood was because of the existence of the Nephilim.

It’s believed that one of the reasons why the demons mated with humans to produce the Nephilim was so that they could pollute the human bloodline and prevent the future coming of the Messiah who is Jesus Christ.
Therefore the more the population of the Nephilim increased and mated with humans – the more polluted the human DNA and bloodline would become.
Furthermore the existence of the Nephilim accelerated the wickedness in the earth to the point that God decides to destroy the earth by a great flood. Genesis 6:5 says that God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and such that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was continuously evil.
Therefore the influence of the Nephilim both physically and spiritually polluted and affected mankind to the point that it reached irredeemable proportions. God’s solution was to flood the earth

In context, Genesis 6:4-7 says The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. 5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

In conclusion, the flood was not only the result of wickedness of mankind but it was also the result of the existence and great influence of the Nephilim.

What is the Trinity? Do Christians Worship 3 Gods?

What is the Trinity? Do Christians actually worship 3 Gods instead of one God?
This is a topic that can be difficult to fully grasp because God Himself is so extraordinary and supernatural that He cannot be fully understood with our limited and natural understanding.

However, many skeptics of Christianity would argue that the trinity is a contradiction because Christians claim to believe in ONE God whilst on the other hand claiming that the Father is God; the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God.

So the question is this: If Christians believe in the Trinity, then do Christians believe & worship 3 Gods instead of one? Also, is the Trinity therefore a contradiction to the belief that there is only ONE God?

The quick answer to this type of question is this: NO! Christians do not worship 3 Gods but Christians worship and believe in ONE God who exists in 3 distinct persons. These 3 distinct persons are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
A simple illustration would be a triangle. A triangle has 3 sides which make up one single shape. Therefore we all understand that a triangle would not become a triangle without the 3 sides.

And so, God is a trinity of persons. Christians believe in ONE God revealed in 3 Persons. The Bible also teaches that even though the Father is God and Jesus is God and the Holy Spirit is God – this does not mean that there are 3 Gods.
When it comes to the Trinity we should not think of it as 1+1+1=3.
But the correct way to view the Trinity is as 1x1x1=1.

Therefore all 3 Persons in the Trinity are distinct but equal. All 3 Person in the Trinity share similar attributes but yet they are ONE God.

It’s important to note that with our finite and limited mind and understanding, it can be difficult to fully comprehend or even illustrate the Trinity or the nature of God.
However, we must believe what the Bible says and what the Bible teaches in relation to the Godhead.

Genesis 1:26
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness …”

The Hebrew word for “God” such as the one used in Genesis 1:26 is {Elohim}.
Elohim is a noun which refers to God in the plural. The word Elohim appears in the Bible more than 2000 times. Therefore Elohim allows for the Trinity.
In Genesis 1:26 God is speaking of Himself in the plural form denoting that God is made up of more than one person.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Deuteronomy 6:4
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!

Again Genesis 1:1 and Deuteronomy 6:4 refers to God as Elohim. Therefore the scripture is denoting God as consisting as more than one Person. Deuteronomy 6:4 refers to God as Elohim and that Elohim is united or is one.

There are many scriptures that reflect the triune nature of God.
For example, Jesus was in the beginning with God according to John 1:1 and not only was Jesus with God but He was God. All creation was made through Jesus (Colossians 1:16-17).
The Holy Spirit is also listed with the Father and Son as “the name” believers are to be baptized into according to Matthew 28:19-20 and Peter referred to the Holy Spirit as God in Acts 5:3-4.
The teaching of a Triune God is unique to Christianity and affirms Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as one God in three Persons.

So are there 3 Gods? NO!
There is only ONE God who exists eternally in 3 Persons – that is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

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