April 23, 2017
The Sunday following Easter is sometimes taken as an opportunity to address doubt and skepticism in Christianity. The reason for this is because of the story of Thomas, who was not present when the risen Christ appeared to the disciples that first Easter Sunday. Famously, he told his friends, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” With this short declaration, he became known ever since as Doubting Thomas. It was not until the following Sunday that he finally saw Jesus again, at which he made his less famous but more profound confession, “My Lord and my God!” Because of Thomas’s doubt, we sometimes the call the Sunday after Easter Skeptics’ Sunday.
For this Skeptics’ Sunday sermon, Pastor Andy addressed the problem of evil. It is often stated this way: “If God is all-powerful and completely good, how can there be any evil in the world?” The implication is that evil and God cannot coexist, and since we know evil exists, we must conclude that God does not exist. For a long time this argument was considered decisive, but not any longer. In this message, Pastor Andy walks through the argument, first made my Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga, that debunks the so-called problem of evil.