If God is good and all-powerful, why is there pain and suffering in the world?

Oftentimes you hear skeptics attack Christianity claiming that God is evil and unjust. As atheist Stephen Fry said about God in an interview last year, “How dare [God] create a world in which there is so much misery that is not our fault? It’s not right. It’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?… [God] is monstrous, utterly monstrous, and deserves no respect whatsoever.” This is not only a concern of of non-believers, however, believers struggle with this question as well. The good news is, the Bible provides a clear answer. The question arises from a misunderstanding of the world God created and how it came to be the way it is today. To answer this question we need to go back to the beginning.

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A Diverse Human Family

Here is my latest column from the Millard North Hoofbeat. I discuss human diversity and how it makes sense in a Biblical worldview in an appeal for grace and understanding between people of diverse backgrounds.

As a kid, I always thought that diversity issues were dead. We learned about various civil rights movements throughout history and my naive, elementary-school self believed our world had moved on to be a better place. Unfortunately, I grew up and learned that such a utopian world did not exist, even if things had gotten better. Continue reading

Radiometric Dating: Flawed?

In issue three of the Hoofbeat, I wrote concerning the archaeological and scientific evidence that dinosaurs lived recently with man. While my article touched on several lines of evidence, I received several follow-up questions about dating methods. Radiometric dating is often held as proof, in science classrooms and museums across the country, that rocks are millions of years old. However, it is based on several basic assumptions which have led to incorrect dates. Continue reading

Dinosaurs or Dragons

I have been fascinated by discovery my whole life, and as I visited the Henry Doorly Zoo this past week I was quickly drawn to the dinosaur dig site. I read the information plaques and considered the claim of the dinosaur’s immense age of over 65 million years, supposedly existing long before man. Although I have been taught this view my whole life, I believe a compelling case can be made that dinosaurs lived alongside humans much more recently than popularly thought—disrupting the evolutionary story taught in school. Continue reading

Truth: Is it Real?

As I approached Millard North’s English hallway, I was greeted by a small dry-erase board which displayed the words of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius: Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. Being someone who enjoys understanding wise-sounding quotes, I thought about it more. In a few moments, the question popped into my head. “Is there really no such thing as fact or truth?”

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