Happy anniversary @davidrshorten and Maria! Congrats on one year! Wishing you many more years of being so cool and collected.
It is true that suffering and evil only become a problem (or have any meaning) if one accepts the idea of an omnipotent, personal God. Many atheists are deceived into following this logic to a denial of God's existence in hopes that it will numb the pain of the suffering and death they experience. They seem to consistently miss the corollary of removing the problem of pain, which is that they equally remove the meaning of any good they could hope to achieve with their life.
Wow, Chapter 2 of The Cost Of Discipleship is solid stuff:
"You are trifling with the subject. If you believe, take the first step, it leads to Jesus Christ. If you don’t believe, take the first step all the same, for you are bidden to take it. No one wants to know about your faith or unbelief, your orders are to perform the act of obedience on the spot. Then you will find yourself in the situation where faith becomes possible and where faith exists in the true sense of the word."
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