Re: Coercion

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Mon Apr 12 2004 - 19:59:05 EDT

Howard J. Van Till wrote:
> On 4/12/04 3:39 PM, "Loren Haarsma" <> wrote:
> > God's New Testament answer to the problem of evil seems to be,
> > "Do what Jesus did.
> > --Do good.
> > --Suffer evil without passing it on.
> > --Trust God's promise of the resurrection to provide the ultimate answer."
> That seems to me to be a helpful answer to the question, "How shall I live
> in a world in which evil exists?"
> But the question we were dealing with was, "How can we understand the
> presence of evil in a world in which an omnipotent God is thought by many:
> a) to be able and occasionally willing forcefully to intervene (superseding
> the natural causal chain),
> b) to be "orchestrating our lives,"
> c) to be "fully in control," so that
> d) "God always gets His way."

Howard -
        I would qualify all of these but focus here on d. There is a big difference
between saying that God "always gets his way" in the outcome of every event and that God
"always gets his way" eschatologically. The latter seems to me by far the better way to
put it, though still not perfect.


George L. Murphy
Received on Mon Apr 12 20:12:27 2004

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