“The problem of evil is a genuine problem, an enemy with sharp pointy teeth. But it is not a logical problem. It is an emotional one, an argument from Hamlet’s heartache and from ours. It appeals to our pride and our nerve endings. We do not want to hear an answer that puts us so low. But the answer is this: we are very small.
The apostle Paul: Who are you, O man?
Nothing in the existence of evil implies that God must not be in control. Nothing implies that He does not exist (exactly the opposite—without Him, the category evil does not exist; all is neutral flux and entropy). The struggle comes when we look at ourselves in the mirror, a carnival mirror, a mirror that stretches our worth into the skies. Given my immense personal value, how could a good God ever allow me to feel pain?
Our emotions balk at omni-benevolence.”
—N.D. Wilson, Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World (Thomas Nelson 2009), pp. 109-110. My full review of this book is forthcoming.
2 thoughts on “Pride’s Problem with Evil”
Great excerpt. There is a huge gulf between the ideas “I am worthwhile because of God’s love” and “God loves me because I am worthwhile.”
That is some good stuff!
How often do we go wrong when we base beliefs on what we think is fair? As if we have the ability, let alone the right, to decide what is fair.
The carnival mirror is a great analogy!