Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What We Believe - Why Doesn’t God Do Something about It? (The Doctrine of Providence & the Problem of Evil)

Image result for evilBelow are notes from our fifth discussion in a series entitled "What We Believe." This 14-session series considers the fundamental doctrines of Christians. This week we discussed what we believe about the doctrine of providence and the nature of evil. You may listen to a podcast of this session on the Cove Presbyterian PodBean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

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Focus of this Session
  • We’re in a series dealing with some of the great questions of faith/doctrines of the church.
  • During this session we’ll focus on the question: Why doesn’t god do something about it? To answer this, we’ll consider the Doctrine of Providence & the Problem of Evil. 
Natural Adversities
  • Human Limitation (Isaiah 40:6-7: A voice says, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass.)
  • Natural Law (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.)
  • Human consequences
Moral evil 
  • Moral evil is different from natural adversities
  • It involves the direct pain we inflict on one another
  • It might help us understand why we neglect and are indifferent

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