Why is there evil in the world? Why is there suffering?
If God is a merciful God…?This is not a problem for just the Christian.
Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot;
or He can, but does not want to;
or He cannot and does not want to.
If He wants to, but cannot, He is impotent.
If He can, but does not want to, He is wicked.
But if God both can and wants to abolish evil, then how come evil is in the world?
The atheist objection is not to morality but to absolute morality. Rather than deriving morality from an external code of divine commandments, atheists think of morality as manmade, something forged through individual and group experience.
Science is supposed to be objective. Factual. But morality is subjective. Opinion. We hear, “Don’t impose your morality on me.” But never “Don’t impose your algebra on me.”
The fact that we are moral beings is what most distinguishes us from the animals. More than language. More than our ability to reason.
“It is hard to believe that animals weigh their own interests against the rights of others, that they develop a vision of the greater good of society, or that they feel lifelong guilt about something that they should not have done.
It makes no sense to say that the earth OUGHT to revolve around the sun, and that it would be unfair if it didn’t.
Morality is relative. If you are confronted by a relativist who insists that all morality is relative, go ahead and punch him in the face. At some point he will protest, That’s not right. You shouldn’t have done that. He is appealing to an unwavering standard.