Evil is an argument for Christianity, not against it

Though not a main or even the main point of Sunday school last week we discussed 1 John 5:19:

1Jn 5:19 ESV We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

When horrible things happen on the earth and when people do horrible things, the Christian message says, “Yes, it is so and to be expected. But Christ offers forgiveness for your collusion with such powers and joy on the day such powers are defeated.”

It is not that there are not philosophical issues that run deeper than this particular piece of the Christian faith (why would God allow ‘the evil one’ to exist, do miracles really happen, and so-on?). But for those who accept such propositions as true, the argument from evil seems so childish. It sounds like somebody saying, “See, the owner of your apartment complex isn’t real because the manager is doing a bad job.”

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