Pain, suffering and violence may cause some to question God’s existence, but Dr. Peter Kreeft, a philosophy professor at Boston College, says that the mere belief in the concept of justice corroborates the existence of a higher power.
Kreeft outlined in a recent Prager University video that there are two kinds of evils in the world: “moral evil” and “natural suffering.”
The former, he argued, is caused by individual choice, while the latter is typically the result of something that cannot be controlled, like a disease or a natural disaster.
“Because God has given people free will, they are free to behave against God’s will,” he said of the existence of moral evil. “The fact that they do evil does not prove that God is not good.”
But Kreeft did admit that natural suffering offers up “a more difficult question,” though he said that the very concept of goodness and justice proves that these ideals must originate somewhere — and with God.
“Our judgements of good and evil … presuppose God as the standard. If there’s no God, there’s neither good nor evil. There’s just nature doing what it does,” he said. “For the atheist … no suffering is ever set right. There is no ultimate justice. The bad win and the good suffer.”
While people of faith believe that God sets things right either in this life of the next, Kreeft said that the nonbeliever’s worldview leaves little room for this to happen.
Watch his discussion of this subject below:
TheBlaze has spoken with faith leaders in the past about this ever-difficult issue of pain and suffering.