God’s Response to the Problem of Pain

The following cartoon was drawn by Ken Catalino whose work is featured at Townhall,

It probably refers to the current devastation in Myanmar (though it could equally apply to the ’05 tsunami or Hurricane Katrina). Not sure who the angel is supposed to be, but the artist makes it evident that he is questioning God.

I understand that such events that affect so many always raise important questions about the goodness of God. The questions basically take the form of, “How can a loving God ______?

CS Lewis called it the “problem of pain” and wrote a brilliant treatment of it in his book “The Problem of Pain.”

While the book is very good and I enjoyed it immensely, but because it is solely a human product (unlike Scripture) it cannot supplant God’s own response to the paradigm of human suffering, Job.

Job spends most of the book named after him trying to understand why he has suffered so. He lost his children, his property, his health and even his friends try to provide him with easy answers.

Yet God’s response to Job’s questioning is truly one of the most majestic and humbling portions in all of Scripture,

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
“Who is this that darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
“Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding…

Click here to read the rest of God’s response as well as Job’s reaction.

Is this the End Result of Evolutionary Thought?


Based on conversations I’ve had with evolutionists (not counting in the blogosphere), I get the sense that they seem to think that humans are really nothing special.

We’re just primates that somehow got “lucky” and how dare we think that we’re worth more than any other creature on earth (see the shirt above). I’ve been told that I’m arrogant for thinking that there is a God who made humans in His Image and cares for us in any way.

The picture above came from this story, “The YouTube killer: eight die in schoolroom shooting massacre”.

According to the story the young man (Pekka-Eric Auvinen) in the picture killed 7 of his classmates and a principal from his school. The tragedy took place in Finland not in the United States, which unfortunately has seen its share of school shootings.

The article states that young Eric made a video (the source of the picture) in which he stated,

The chilling home-made video shows a young man staring out of a blood-red screen, pointing a gun and declaring: “I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit.”

While I will not say that Modern Evolutionary theory drove him to murder 8 people (human depravity plus a host of other factors did), are his actions the end result of a worldview which views humans as nothing more than self-contemplating matter?

Did this young man carry out this worldview to its logical conclusion?

This tragedy brings to mind a cartoon I saw a couple of years ago,