How can we trust in a loving God when we see so much suffering in the world around us or if we experience it ourselves?
At OICCU’s main event in 2013 Vince Vitale tackles this very topic, as part of their ‘Born Loved’ week.
If God knew there would be suffering in the world why did he create something rather than nothing and why does he not now intervene on our behalf? In an interview that was first aired on Radio 2 on Palm Sunday, Sharon Dirckx introduces this topic, which she has addressed in her new book “Why?” There are no easy answers to the problem, but she affirms that God does care immensely about us and that he intervened on our behalf to give us hope of a new life where there would be no suffering.
How do you respond to a culture that says that evil is outside of us, rather than inside of us? Isn’t it just a case of social conditioning, in the sense that our environment has produced the conditions that have caused people to do evil? Are we not just a product of our upbringing or should we uphold a strong sense of personal responsibility? Furthermore, how do you deal with someone who says evil is external to us or that it is simply relative? These topics are dealt with by Ravi Zacharias and Os Guinness in a Q&A session.
If there is an infinitely powerful God who has created everything does he really care about our happiness or is he simply indifferent? Does the word “care” carry the same meaning, anyway, if we are applying it to God? Furthermore, what should we make of our suffering, in light of this, and what is the significance of the cross? Ravi Zacharias addresses these questions at an event at Columbia University and he reminds us that the answer should affect how we choose to live.