Quotes on the Problem of Evil from Stott and Kreeft

21 Aug

In our adult Bible fellowship today, we explored the problem of evil.  I shared some quotes from Peter Kreeft and John Stott and said I would share them online so that everyone could see the complete quotes.  I think these quotes are beneficial apart from our class discussion today, so I hope you will be blessed as you read them.

“Where is God in a world of pain and evil?  His answer is the Incarnation.  The Word, Jesus, became flesh and dwelt among us.  Jesus knew fatigue, hunger, sorrow, and pain.  His friends aged, grew sick and died.  He was betrayed by a friend.  He entered into all out human agony and bore all the pain of our sin on his very self.”

Kreeft, “Many Christians try to get God off the hook for suffering.  God put Himself on the hook, so to speak, on the cross.  It’s significant that most objections to the existence of God from the problem of suffering come from outside observers who are quite comfortable, whereas those who actually suffer are — as often as not — made into stronger believers by their suffering.  Why?  In large part because they follow One who was a Suffering Servant, who was despised, beaten, rejected and killed.  So friend, the answer to suffering is not an answer at all.  It’s the Answerer, Jesus Himself.  It’s not a bunch of words, it is the Word made flesh.  It’s not a tightly woven philosophical argument alone, but a person.  A Man of Sorrows.  The answer to suffering is not just an abstract notion, because the problem is not abstract; it is real and personal.  And in Jesus’ life and death and resurrection, we find a real and personal answer.  When we cry out, God, where are you?, we need to look with eyes of faith to the cross.”

Stott, “I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross . . . in the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it? . . . There is still a question mark against human suffering, but over it we boldly stamp another mark, the cross which symbolizes divine suffering.”


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