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A father mourns his son killed in an earthquake WHEN I SIT AND look at the news on the television screen, and see daily all the terrible things that are taking place in our world, it seems one of the most cogent arguments against the existence of a good and loving God. Now the evils we inflict on each other are sins and are the products of our sinful natures. These are more easily explained. But I am thinking of those other evils not of man's creation. There lies the real difficulty.

I can give no easy and quick answer to those who are bewildered or angered by some great natural disaster such as earthquake or a tornado. As far as I know, no one has adequately and conclusively explained the existence of evil in our world.

do know, however. that the answer is to be found in looking at the crucified Christ. There is the book must study to find the answer. There I shall find that Word made flesh, God who became man, suffer.. ing and dying on a cross. Like a difficult passage of text which needs time and application before its meaning is revealed to the mind, so it is with the crucifix. Slowly we see, and then only dimly, that in suffering of all kinds there is new life to be found, and therefore hope. It would not have been so if Christ had not risen from the dead.

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