1 Peter 3:8-12
What are you hoping in? Bart Erhman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina who abandoned the Christian faith because of the problem of evil. He said that he could not understand how a good God could let people experience so much pain. However, in his book, God's Problem, he went on to state:
"When I fell away from my faith – not just in the Bible as God’s inspired Word, but in Christ as the only way of salvation, and eventually from the view that Christ was himself divine, and beyond that from the view that there is an all-powerful God in charge of this world – I still wondered, deep down inside: could I have been right after all? What if I was right then but wrong now? Will I burn in hell forever? The fear of death gripped me for years, and there are still moments when I wake up at night in a cold sweat."
In other words, if you abandon a belief in God, then you have no answer to the problem of evil. If you reject Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation, you have no hope of a life (or a good life) after death.
The Apostle Peter says that, without Christ, there is no hope in this world. He says that, without a Saviour, we have nothing to look forward to. In First Peter 3:14, he says, "But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed." Why? Because there is an all-powerful God who is in charge of this world. Because Christ is divine and, as such, He has control over everything that happens to us. Even evil. Even the problem of pain.
If you are wrestling with the problem of evil today, let me assure you that there is hope for you. If you are wrestling with pain and death and suffering, let me encourage you that there is a Savior for all of that. His name is Jesus Christ. Please join us this Sunday morning at 9:15 as we learn more about Him and how He can bring us hope. Join us as we learn about the One Who can give us life (a good life) after death. We meet at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. – Jeremy Cagle