The Problem of Suffering, by John Lennox

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The problem of suffering is closely related to the problem of evil; specifically, if God exists and is all powerful, why does he allow it.

There are no easy answers to these questions.

My husband, who is a gentle and kind man, becomes very angry and agitated whenever he witnesses or hears about suffering, especially the suffering of innocent children and animals, or the suffering of people who have done nothing to deserve what appears to him to be this unjust retribution from God. It makes him so angry at God that he cannot and will not open his heart to God’s saving grace.

As a Christian, I too struggle with the problem of pain, suffering and death. However, I am able to reach out to God in hope, and in faith, that as a just and loving God – he knows what he is doing and that in his own perfect time, he will make all things right.

Dr. John Lennox, a learned and gentle man, discusses this topic in a way that opens the door for each of us to better understand, and to deal with these difficult matters.

Please hear him out.

This first video is approximately eight minutes in length.

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In this second video (approximately one hour and eighteen minutes) John expounds in great depth the comments made in the above video. (If you need to pause the video, hover your mouse over it and the control panel will appear.)

This talk was given by John at Columbia University in 2012 to commemorate the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2002.

It is well worth the time to watch this video, as it is both humbling and stunning in its impact both for Christians and Non-Christians alike.

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This video is taken from the Veritas Forum, by permission:

http://www.veritas.org/Talks.aspx#!/v/1256

As detailed on the Veritas Forum website, The Veritas Forum was started at Harvard in 1992. The name Veritas Forum came from the fact that many colleges and universities, including Yale, Michigan and Harvard, have included the Latin word veritas in their mottos, signifying the pursuit of truth, a pursuit that was the foundation for much of the educational system for generations.

The name, The Veritas Forum, evokes our desire to explore the ideal that veritas represents. We seek to explore, discuss, engage, inspire, question, and enlarge our view of true life together.

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