Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu
11 Nov 2018
It is very common today to argue there is no God. The strength of the argument is often reference to wars, to evil, to injustice and the marginal divide between the haves and the have-nots. Ask any Atheist, the conclusion is the same, "if there is a good God, why is there evil in the world?" Why the horror of Auschwitz? Why suffering? Why death?
Since there is evil, it is very clear to a typical Atheist that there is no God. Now, this argument is fallacious. We know from common sense that the fact that A exists doesn't necessarily imply that B doesn't exist. However, our thrust is the logical consequences of atheism. If God doesn't exist, it's logical to ask, and then what. What becomes of death?
Absurdity! Life and death become meaningless. For if all there is to life is the here and now, then, if the now isn't good, life isn't good. There isn't any reason to live on, no expectation of help. This doesn't solve the problem of evil, nor offer us an explanation, it simply takes away our hope. But faith in God offers us hope that gives meaning to life and death.
Fr. Francis Afu