An Age-Old Question… Asked Properly

When natural disasters strike — like the tornado that killed at least 15 people in Arkansas on April 27, 2014 — we tend to re-hash the age-old question…

If God is all-powerful and all-loving then why does bad stuff happen?

It’s a philosophical question that has many names like “theodicy,” and the “Problem of Evil,” and it goes back to antiquity when stoic philosophers like Epictetus weighed in with comments like, “Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to.” But, regardless of what you call the question or how you phrase it, it is really not the right question to be asking in the first place. It makes some assumptions that we ought to reject. So, what IS the right question?

Voddie Baucham explains…


About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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