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Summary: THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION OF THE PROBLEM OF EVIL IS ONE OF THE TOP TWO CRINGE QUESTIONS.

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The Question of Evil

April 17, 2011

INTRODUCTION

May 11, 2011 -- GAFFNEY, SC

-- A three year old child is dead after a tragic accident at a Gaffney church.

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler says that Alyssa Jade Mayfield, of Gaffney, was airlifted to Spartanburg Regional Hospital Wednesday afternoon where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

According to Fowler, Mayfield was in the gymnasium at West End Baptist Church around 3:20 pm when a 4x8 foot section of a wooden stage fell on top of her. Mayfield, who was at the church day care facility, was trying to retrieve a ball and according to Fowler, it appears that the child had bumped the wheel cart where the stage was being stored on and caused it to fall.

"The stage section was one of several pieces that were being stored on a wheeled cart that was positioned next to a wall in the gym," Fowler said. "It appears the child bumped the cart while trying to retrieve a ball, causing the section to topple off the car and onto her."

February 24, 2011 -- Dublin, KY -

A western Kentucky coroner has identified the Amish children who died when their buggy tipped over in a flooded creek.

Rescuers found three bodies early Friday, then recovered the fourth later in the morning.

Hickman County Coroner Paula Boaz says the dead include three siblings, 8-year-old Samuel Wagler, 5-year-old Sarahmae Wagler and 5-month-old Rosemary Wagler. The fourth child is their cousin, 11-year-old Elizabeth Wagler.

The coroner says all four children drowned.

April 2, 2011 -- Japan

"Dear Mommy, I hope you are alive. Are you well?"

This is the heartbreaking letter written last week by 4-year-old Manami Kon. The girl's mother, father and 2-year-old sister have all been missing since their town was devastated by a tsunami March 11.

Manami is one of many children whose parents have died or remain unaccounted for since tsunami struck coastal towns in the Tohoku and Kanto regions 21 days ago. Children in the towns have been seen looking at the sea, apparently in the belief they will be reunited with their parents some day.

Press release, 07/19/2004

"Some 15 women and girls were raped in different huts in the village. The Janjawid broke the limbs of some women and girls to prevent them from escaping. The Janjawid remained in the village for six to seven days."

"Five to six men would rape us, one after the other, for hours during six days, every night. My husband could not forgive me after this, he disowned me."

Quotes from Sudanese refugees interviewed by Amnesty International

Stories like this make us scream "Where is God in this?" "Why did this happen to me?" "How could a good God allow so much evil, pain or suffering?" "If he is good why doesn't he care?"

THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION OF THE PROBLEM OF EVIL IS ONE OF THE TOP TWO CRINGE QUESTIONS.

How do we answer this question when it's posed to us?

I. Establishing the Conversation

A. Confession:

Lousy things happen, life is unfair, innocent children and people die, EVERYDAY.

Cr** Happens

B. Recognition:


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Timothy Barnes

commented on Feb 9, 2017

Thanks Bruce for doing a good job tackling this tough question in a Biblical manner. Blessings!

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