God and Suffering

God and Suffering

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all good people are appalled by the sufferings of the innocent when an innocent person is struck by a painful disease or tortured or murdered we naturally feel sadness and helplessness and often rage many people have claimed that such suffering is a proof that God does not exist their argument goes like this God is all good and all-powerful such a God would not permit unnecessary suffering yet we constantly observe
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unjust suffering there for at least one of the premises about God must be false either God is not all good or he is not all-powerful or he just doesn't exist what's wrong with this argument first let's examine what we mean when we say that God would not permit unjust suffering there are two categories of suffering suffering caused by human beings which we call moral evils and suffering caused by nature for instance earthquakes or cancer free will explains
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how God could be good and allow moral evil because God has given people free will they are free to behave against God's will the fact that they do evil does not prove that God is not good in addition if there were no God there would be no absolute standard of good every judgement presupposes a standard then that's true of our moral judgments - what is our standard for judging evil to be evil the most we could say about evil if there were no God was that we in
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our subjective tastes didn't like it when people did certain things to other people we wouldn't have a basis for saying an act was bad only that we didn't like it so the problem of human evil exists only if God exists as for natural suffering that poses what appears to be a more difficult question we see an innocent child suffer say from incurable disease we complain understandable we don't like it
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understandable we feel it is wrong unfair and should it happen understandable but illogical unless you believe in God for if you do not believe in God your subjective feelings are the only basis upon which you can object to natural suffering okay you don't like it but how is your not liking something evidence for God not existing think about it it's just the opposite our judgments of good and evil natural as well as human
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presuppose God as the standard if there's no God there's neither good nor evil there's just nature doing what it does if nature is all there is there is absolutely no need to explain why one person suffers and another doesn't unjust suffering is a problem only because we have a sense of what is just and unjust but where does this sense come from certainly not from nature there's nothing just about nature nature is only about survival
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what in other words does it mean for suffering to be unnecessary or wrong how is that determined against what standard your private standard means nothing my private standard means nothing we can talk meaningfully about suffering being unnecessary or wrong only if we have an underlying belief that a standard of right and wrong objectively exists in to that standard really exist that means there is a God moreover the believer in God has an
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incomparably easier time than the Atheist psychologically as well as logically in dealing with the problem of natural suffering if you accept that a good God exists it is possible to also believe that this God somehow sets things right if not in this world then in the next for the atheist on the other hand no suffering is ever set right there is no ultimate justice the bad win and the good suffer earthquakes and cancers kill end of story
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literally if nature is all there is how can a sensitive person remain sane in a world in which tsunamis wipe out whole towns evil men torture and murder innocent victims and disease attacks people indiscriminately the answer is it's not possible is that how you want to live I'm Peter Kreeft professor of philosophy at Boston College for Prager University join Prager University subscribe to our YouTube channel and sign up for free at
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