Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Excellent Answer to Theodetic Issues

In the following video Voddie Baucham provides a remarkable and helpful theodicy:

His answer may not be philosophically rigorous, but it is helpful to refocus people on the important points. I must say that it is not an answer that had occurred to me previously, as a response to the question, "If God is so good, why does evil exist?" ... though perhaps it ought to have.

H.T. to the Truth Matter blog for bringing this to my attention (link).



Anonymous said...

wow, yes, yes, yes!

Psa 63:1 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Psa 63:2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.
Psa 63:3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.

I know that I know that I know that I did not know!

It is His Mercy.

I am being taught to approach Him this way:::>

2Co 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
2Co 1:4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2Co 1:5 For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.

I just have to ask: If I am not so blessed and privileged to share abundantly in Christ's suffereings, then what?

This is my answer:::>

Psa 73:3 For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Psa 73:4 For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek.
Psa 73:5 They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
Psa 73:6 Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment.
Psa 73:7 Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies.
Psa 73:8 They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression.
Psa 73:9 They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth.
Psa 73:10 Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them.
Psa 73:11 And they say, "How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?"
Psa 73:12 Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches.

What amazes me most from Psalm 73 is verse nine and particularly these words:::> [[their tongue struts through the earth]].

Today, you can turn on a T.V. and watch a man curse nations and describe them as a dead dog all the while not knowing just how much of a dead dog they are too while their words strut through the earth!

This is war. We are in a fight with a motivated enemy. Their end is sure as is ours. When we die, we leave the battle and are forever present with the Lord. They are in it til' the end of time and then the lake of fire!

Anonymous said...


I might borrow this from you sometime, and since you will keep a copy, it will not be stealing! ;o)

Those are words we need to hear often. It makes me sad that Arminians hate the supremacy of God because they love the notion of their free not being interfered by God's will. That is such a cold and non-comforting doctrine. If I thought for one moment that my will would not be trumped by God's will at all times, my mind would fail me and I would be lost in sorrow for I know how I would stray and never come back.

zog said...

Another good reformed baptist. I have never heard of this man before but his preaching is very powerful, thanks for sharing.


Anonymous said...

Wow...first time I've heard Mr. Baucham, though I've heard OF him quite a bit. He's so dead-on. Thanks for posting this.

Turretinfan said...

You're welcome!