Tag Archives: evil

Should a Loving God Punish a Nice Person Like Me?

  I’ve made the point that if a country that had no laws against—or punishment for—evils like child abuse, rape, murder or battering, that country couldn’t possibly be considered good or loving. Laws and punishment are a reflection of goodness and love.  Similarly, God couldn’t possibly be loving if he had no laws against evil …

The Dilemma of Hell and a Loving God

  God is love, right?  At least that’s a core claim of the Bible and Christians. But in the Bible’s pages, Jesus warned people that God would punish evil. Specifically, he warned people about hell as a punishment for evil.  A loving God who condemns people to hell feels inconsistent, maybe even offensive. Some have …

The Christchurch Massacre and the Uncomfortable Truth About Evil

  At Noon last Friday, I broke into sobs. Deep, heaving, uncontrollable sobs. I’d read the story of how a 28-year old man took a camera, took a gun and then took the lives of 50 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. I’d watched interviews with survivors and a searching mom in shock, …

What Sodom Got Wrong

  “At least I’m not an axe-murderer.”  This is a colorful way of saying, “I’ve got issues, but not like others do,” or “Sure, I’m wrong on some things–small things–but I’m not wrong on the big things. I struggle with sin, but not with the serious stuff.”  This thinking is founded on one critical assumption: …

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

  I was born in 1961 to a wonderful young couple, who then complicated my world by giving birth to two more boys, David and Bruce, in 1962 and 1964.  Three sisters would come later, but it was my brothers who first posed a threat to my rule of the household, and I a similar …

Those Lazy Mexicans

  It was a conversation about a storm…that created a storm.  “Hey, Roger, did you hear about that storm Saturday?”  Well, no.  We were out of town.  “You should have seen it.  There were limbs down everywhere.  There was a big one down the street.  Those lazy Mexicans didn’t even bother to clean it up.” …