Death And Suffering: Addressing Atheist

Atheists often use the problem of death and suffering to criticize God of the Bible.
Some well known arguments include:

No one could sit by the bedside of a child with a terminal disease and believe in a loving God.
Betrand Russell

I would say bone cancer in children. What’s that about? How dare you, how dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault. It’s not right, it’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?
Steven Fry

While the criticism requires in-depth answer, Christians can give quick answer to this criticism.
Following is the example.

A minister who actually had experience with dying children (unlike Russell who never got his own hands dirty with such practical things) challenged Russell to explain what he could offer such a child. An atheist could only say, ‘Sorry, chap, you’ve had your chips, and that’s the end of everything for you.’ But the Christian has hope that this life is not the end.

Firstly, the pain and injustice in this world is caused by Adam’s sin, your sin, my sin and everybody’s sin. We all deserve this pain and injustice.
Secondly, what can atheists offer to a child with terminal cancer? The best atheists can say is “Sorry, kid. Your time is up. Just bear with the pain. You will soon end up as fertilizer, after all.”, isn’t it? But for Christians, we can offer comfort by saying, “This sickness is not the end, kid. As long as you receive Lord Jesus, in heaven there won’t be pain anymore.”
Jefri to Steven Fry

For more in-depth answer to the criticism, you can click the article below.

Source:
1. http://creation.com/why-is-there-death-and-suffering retrieved on 8-Jan-2017
2. http://creation.com/an-infuriated-and-vindictive-god retrieved on 8-Jan-2017

Posted January 9, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Apologetic

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