Tuesday, May 6, 2014

On “Epicurus and the Problem of Evil”


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I ran across an article discussing this statement almost exactly a year ago and as I've read it multiple times since I thought I’d share it. Convicting and encouraging it brings me to my knees with thanks for the mercy of God.

Here’s the link:

It’s fairly short, easy reading–and fascinating. If you have time afterwards, pop back here and let me know what you think of it!




4 comments:

  1. Very interesting article I am truly curious of knowing what was his true meaning and perception of evil back in those ancient times. Thank you for sharing .

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    1. Good point, Laura! I guess we would have to say it's a manifestation of God's common grace that an unbeliever can even *see* the evil around him at all. At the same time, ever since the fall, mankind has known-deep down-that something's wrong with the world. But yet we don't want to say (with G.K. Chesterton), "I am what's wrong with the world." A riddle like Epicurus' really blatantly shows up our root of pride...as we think to sit in judgment on God.

      And you're welcome! Thanks for reading it! :-)

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  2. Thank you for sharing, Heidi; I honestly enjoyed reading that. I've always thought that it just boils down to the fact that we have to accept that humans--or human nature, rather--is evil, or sin. Therefore, to eliminate evil, God would need to eliminate humans, and that defeats our entire purpose for existing.

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    1. You're welcome, Joanna, and thank you for commenting! And yes, it's amazing. To think that we messed everything up by refusing to walk in God's ways and then-instead of obliterating us (which He had every right to do)-He actually went and died for it all Himself, reinstating us as sons of God. It's stunning.

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