Podcast Episode 2 – Answering Ehrman: Why We Won’t Abuse Our Free Will in Heaven

Noted agnostic and Biblical scholar says that the free-will defense doesn’t get God off the hook for allowing evil, mainly because Christians are committed to the doctrine of heaven. If God can have a perfect world where people don’t abuse their free will, why not just create us in that world? This is a common objection that Ehrman says the Bible doesn’t adequately answer. Here I hope to show that the Bible actually does have a lot to say in answering this tough objection. Recommended links: Unbelievable? 10 Jan 2009 The problem of suffering – Ehrman & Swinburne Blog post by myself on the topic Blog post by Dr. Clay Jones – Ehrman’s Problem 4: … Read more

Bart Ehrman says that God has a problem. If we have free will in Heaven, what’s to stop us from sinning in the afterlife? And if God takes away free will in Heaven, then why doesn’t he take it away so we stop doing evil now?

The problem of evil comes up a lot when talking to non-believers. If you haven’t got the question about why an all-good, all-powerful God allows evil, you need to step out more. Why are there suicide bombers, school shooters and people that eat Tide Pods? Why does God allow such pointless evils? The standard Christian rejoinder is that God gave man free will. He doesn’t want Stepford Wives, he wants people who can make free choices. Free will makes love possible, but it also makes evil possible as well. Now that’s not a bad response to the problem of moral evil. There’s a problem, though. Christians are also committed to the idea that the saints … Read more