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Here is how those people reason.

ey say that a loving God would

never allow humans to su er such

terrible pain if He could stop it.

erefore, they say, either God

does not love humans, or He does

love them, but He is not powerful

enough to stop their su ering.

Either way, these atheists say, a

loving, all-powerful God like the

Bible describes cannot exist. is

is known as the Problem of Evil,

Pain, and Su ering. According to

these people, pain and su ering

pose a big problem for anyone who

believes in God.

Is it true that evil, pain, and suf-

fering are a real problem for those

who believe in the Bible? Abso-

lutely not. In fact, when we look at

the issue more closely, we realize

that evil poses a much greater

problem for atheists (people who

believe there is no God), than for

those who believe in the God of the

Bible. Let’s see why.

Did you notice that we started

this article with the statement,

“Everyone admits that some very

evil and terrible things happen

in this world”? Both atheists and

theists (those who believe in God)

are forced to admit that evil exists.

But have you ever wondered why

things would be called “evil” if

there is no God? If humans evolved

over millions of years by accidental

processes, how could humans have

any idea about what is evil and

what is good? If all humans were

simply the product of evolution,

then every person’s opinion would

be just as “right” as all other peo-

ple’s opinions.

For instance, suppose one person

believes it is right to steal from his

neighbor. If there is no God, who

is to say that his opinion is any less

right or wrong than someone who

says stealing from your neighbor is

wrong? e fact of the matter is, if

there is no God, then there is noth-

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