EPISODE 3: If God is good, why does he allow pain?

“Why would a good God allow pain, suffering, and evil?”

We do not think fondly of pain and suffering.  Think about even experiencing small levels of pain and suffering, how we still detest it!  Things like a tooth ache or receiving a feeling of rejection from your preteen at home when you tell them, “no.”  We can explain these small levels of pain and suffering pretty quickly; tooth aches come from a history of poor dental hygiene and preteens are… difficult.  But when it comes to the deeper pains, the true sufferings, things surely driven by evil, we lack the words to quickly explain them away. I’d bet that you’ve experienced a level of pain or suffering that stirs you to beg the question: “why would a good God allow evil?”

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Chad Ellenburg
EPISODE 2: VIOLENCE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Whether you consider yourself a Christian or not, I would guess you generally like the way that God is portrayed in the New Testament. 1 John 4:8 makes the statement, “God is Love.” Jesus himself taught people to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” If this picture is who God really is, why does the Old Testament seem to tell a different story? God’s love is the characteristic we most deeply want to be true. It also seems to be the first characteristic of God to come under fire when we’re faced with the harsh realities of life, pain and death.

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Daniel Olson
EPISODE 1: What about those who haven't heard?

What about those who have never heard of Jesus?  Will God send them to hell?


If you have been in church at any point in your life, you probably have heard the phrase “God is love.”  I remember sitting in my first Sunday School class and trying to sit still through the story so that I could get juice and cookies.  Even at that age, the message of God’s love was coming through to my little ears.  Over the years, I didn’t just hear that He was loving, but that the very definition of love itself can be found in Him.  But there was always a clarifying statement:  His love can only be experienced in His Son, Jesus Christ.  If you want to know God Himself, you have to know His Son Jesus.  More specifically, you must know Him through His perfect life, death and resurrection.

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Chad Ellenburg