Hard Questions

Where Is God When Disaster Strikes?

1. Natural disasters… 2005 Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, Nepal Earthquake 2. Personal disasters Sickness and disease Disability and suffering 3. First we need to acknowledge that there is a problem, and it’s a BIG problem. Suffering naturally generates a ‘why’ question in us – why does a good God let this happen? We should take care never to ‘normalise’ the presence of suffering…

Science Has Disproved God

“Get your own dirt!” Richard Dawkins, “you cannot be an intelligent scientific thinker and hold religious beliefs”. Science 1)    “Operational Science” repeatable, testable theories 2)    Historical science. non repeatable events Firstly, Operation Science says nothing about God’s existence. … great clues for God’s existence Secondly, Historical sciences – wise to be critical of the world view and assumptions So what do the…

The Church Is The Cause Of So Much Injustice

What are the injustices you have faced in life? “Church is the cause of so much injustice” – from the heart – an excuse – our own inconsistencies God and Justice Proverbs 16:8, “Better a little with righteousness than much with injustice” Jeremiah 22:13, “Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his countrymen work…

Is There Really Just One True Religion?

Clarifying terms Different religions …not different denominations Is Christianity exclusive? 1)    The exclusive claims of Christianity are real! Isaiah 45:5, “I am the LORD (YHWH), there is no other, apart from me there is no God.” (see also v 6, 14, 18, 21, 22) 1 Thess 1:9-10 Acts 10 Acts 19 Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the…

Problem Of Pain And Suffering – Part 2

Where is God? Questions 1)    It is all slightly overwhelming. How are we supposed to grow ourselves and our children in the Christian faith and still witness or share with others? If I am still learning and growing how can I be confident in getting the correct message across? 2)    Is suffering apart from ‘for your faith’, for example illness, medical problems…