Does the presence of evil prove God doesn’t exist
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|If God exists, why is there evil in the world? What is evil? Where did evil come from? Why doesn’t God intervene and stop all evil? How can physical evils such as earthquakes, tornadoes and cancer be explained? Is there a good reason for the existence of hell on which even some atheists would agree? What about those who have never heard the Gospel?
Copyright: 2003, Number of Programs: 8, Cat. No. EVL
Keywords: Existence of Evil, Existence of God, Justice, proof for God’s existence, disprove God
- Ankerberg: I’ve met many people, maybe you have too, who have seen great evil in their lives. As a result of seeing that evil, they have concluded that God doesn’t exist. But that’s not true. Evil does not prove God doesn’t exist. Why? There are several reasons, and Dr. Geisler and I talk about these reasons next. Listen:
- Geisler: Well, first of all, I think the thing to point out in this whole issue, John, is that the problem of evil boomerangs for the unbeliever. It boomerangs because they like to say there’s evil, therefore there can’t be a God. Just the opposite is true. If there’s evil, there must be a God because you can’t know something is wrong unless you know what’s right. You can’t know something is injust unless you know what just is. And you can’t certainly know that something is ultimately injust unless there’s an ultimate standard of justice, that God is the ultimate standard of justice. So you have to posit God to attack God, arguing in a circle.
- Ankerberg: Yeah. Define the God that we’re talking about, that we’re defending.
- Geisler: We’re talking about a God who is all powerful; who is all good; who is free; who is all knowing. That’s called a theistic God, the God of the Bible. That kind of God is not only a problem in the face of evil, but it turns out, He’s the only solution to the problem of evil.
- Ankerberg: Why is He the solution and also the guarantee that evil is going to be taken care of?
- Geisler: Because if He is not all powerful, you can’t be sure that He’ll overpower it. If He’s not all good, you can’t be sure that He has the desire to do it. And if He doesn’t know the end from the beginning, then you’re dealing with somebody who is fumbling along in history and doesn’t know how it’s going to come out.