19: If God is Good, Why is There Evil in the World?
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Some times people challenge God on the sole basis that there is evil in the world. The question has been asked, “If God is so good, then why is there so much evil in the world? Why does He allow evil to still exist in the world? Why doesn’t He intervene?”
This is a great question, worthy of a thoughtful Biblical answer.
In this episode Kenny gives five responses to this important question:
1- Sometimes evil is the consequence of our own actions.
2- Maybe God is restraining some evil, but we just don’t realize it.
3- How much should God intervene, because eliminating all evil could mean eliminating all people on the planet.
4- God has a purpose in allowing some evil to continue.
5- God actually has already responded to evil in the best manner possible: By sending Jesus!
“Problem with Pain” (C.S. Lewis)
“If God Is Good” (Randy Alcorn)
Kenneth E. Ortiz (M.Div.) is a professor and recruiter at Bethlehem College and a pastor at Cities Church in St. Paul, MN. He has 15+ years of vocational ministry experience. He’s also a podcaster, author, and Ph.D. student. Kenneth lives in Bloomington, MN with his wife Malaina, they have one daughter.