God is still on His throne.

One of the best sermons I heard last week was this one from Pastor Neil Stewart (Christ Covenant Church in Greensboro, NC). In expositing the story of the fall (Genesis 3), Pastor Stewart unfolds a helpful theology of the Devil, particularly, in my opinion, in his third point – “The Devil is one of God’s creations”. In his discussion of this point, he focuses on the sovereignty of God, concluding with a brief but extremely helpful overview of the problem of evil. This final point alone is well worth taking the time to listen to this Lord’s Day.


How can you worship a God who might send your children to Hell?

In William Lane Craig’s answer to the above question he makes a really helpful point about the objective value (or lack thereof) of the subjective response such a question elicits:

There are actually two different questions here which are being run together, the first a psychological question (“How can you love and worship a God who you believe would do that to your children?”) and the second a philosophical question (“How can you think that is a fair and reasonable thing for anyone or anything to do?”).

The psychological question is nothing more than an emotionally loaded red herring. It is just an inquiry about one’s personal psychological state. It is a request for an autobiographical report about one’s subjective condition. As such, its answer will be person-relative and have nothing to do with objective truth.

A Word to the Wise: Whenever people pose questions beginning “Would you. . .“ or “If you were. . . ,” then you know immediately that it is a question designed merely to put you in an awkward position, not to get at truth.

The irrelevance of the psychological question to truth is evident from the fact that even if one answered it negatively, it would have no implications at all for the truth of the doctrine of hell. Suppose I were one of those persons who would not or could not bring himself to do X. That implies nothing about the rightness/wrongness of doing X or the truth/falsity that someone does X. It’s just about me and my personal psychology.​

The entirety of Craig’s reply is found here.