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Is God all loving

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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

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Keywords: Loving God, Nature of God, Love of God

Clip Transcript:

Ankerberg: Yeah. People have taken different options when they’ve faced evil, okay? Let me give you a couple of syllogisms and you explain what’s behind these things. Some critics will say, you know, either “God is not all loving, God is not powerful enough to defeat evil,” or “evil shows that God doesn’t exist at all.” It’s not a syllogism, those are just statements that people make and there’s something behind each one of those. The first one, “God is not all loving.”
Geisler: Yeah, the syllogism is just a little logical way to put together the dilemma. The dilemma is this: If God is all powerful, He could destroy evil. If He’s all good, He would destroy. But evil hasn’t been destroyed. It’s still here. Look in the newspaper. Look at the TV. Look in the mirror. Then, how can we have an all-powerful and all-good God? And the problem with that way of putting it is that they forget that the middle, the second premise as it’s called in the syllogism, is that evil is still here, but what they should say is: “Evil has not yet been destroyed or defeated,” because God may yet defeat it tomorrow. So they have to re-phrase it and say, “If He’s all powerful, He could; if He is all good, He would; evil has not yet been defeated, therefore, it will never be.” But, how do you know that? Unless you’re God, you can’t know everything. So, they have to pretend they’re God, know everything, in order to know it won’t work. And if they back off and say, “Well, evil is not yet defeated and I can’t tell you whether it ever will be,” then we say to them, “Hang on. It’s coming. If He’s all knowing, He knows the end from the beginning. If He’s all powerful, He can bring a greater good. If He’s all good, He wants to do it. So, if He wants to do it, and He can do it, and He knows the end and He knows it’s going to be done, then just hang on. It’s coming.”

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Stephen Anderson
Stephen Anderson

False premise. The Bible never presents God as ‘all loving’.

Nigel Naicker
Nigel Naicker
The problem with Geisler’s answer is that he is making suffering something that is in the future…Suffering is and has been happening, the argument is that God, if all powerful and all loving should not allow pointless suffering PERIOD. People have pointlessly suffered for millennia so God cannot be All loving and All Powerful.. its not that God will destroy evil soon, if he waited to destroy evil then he cannot be all good. One could argue as William Lane Craig does that there is no pointless suffering but that is saying for eg. every woman that has been raped… Read more »

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