We are an impatient generation. The average public cost for red light running alone in the US exceeds $14 billion per year - 207,000 crashes, 178,000 injuries, and 921 fatalities attributed to the hurry up mentality that dominates us and saves us on average about 50 seconds. We are in a race according to Hebrews 12:1 ("let us run with endurance the race that is set before us") but one that is tempered with patience. James 5:8 tells us, "You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand." So how do we run with patience?
George Matheson wrote, "We commonly associate patience with lying down. We think of it as the angel that guards the couch of the invalid. Yet there is a patience that I believe to be harder -- the patience that can run. To lie down in the time of grief, to be quiet under the stroke of adverse fortune, implies a great strength; but I know of something that implies a strength greater still: it is the power to work under stress; to have a great weight at your heart and still run; to have a deep anguish in your spirit and still perform the daily tasks. It is a Christ-like thing! The hardest thing is that most of us are called to exercise our patience, not in the sickbed but in the street." To wait is hard, to do it with "good courage" is harder!"
The reason people do not believe in God is not because of a lack of evidence or logical reason, but because of a rebellion to God himself. As Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen points out: "There is the evidence of the created order itself, testifying to the wisdom, power, plan and glory of God. One should not miss the testimony of the solar system, the persuasion of the sea, the amazing intricacies of the human body. Theres the evidence of history. Gods deliverance of His people, the miracles at Passover night and the Red Sea. The visions of Isaiah, the Shikinah Glory in the temple, the virgin birth of Jesus, His mighty miracles, His resurrection from the dead. There's the evidence of special revelation, the wonder of the Bible as God's word unsurpassed in its coherence over time and its historical accuracy and its life renewing power." In short, there is no shortage of empirical indicators or evidences of God's existence, from the stars of the heavens to the five hundred witnesses of Christs resurrection. Historically, prophetically, scientifically, experientially, God has shown himself. But the question remains up to you, will you choose to believe it or not?
The Problem of Evil does not exist an in atheist universe. If there is no god, than there is no absolute moral standard. Rape and torture, although painful, would not be wrong in an atheist universe because there is no absolute standard of good by which one might measure evil. This can only occur in a theistic universe and thus the very asking of this question presupposes a theistic worldview. The laws of morality themselves are derived from a worldview that sees clear distinctions of right and wrong, good and evil based on some standard. To have a rational interchange on the subject, one must presuppose certain definitions of what evil is. Without the existence of God you cannot prove anything. You must have concepts of abstract entities such as laws, universals, and prescriptions to speak of what is moral or immoral. But how does an atheist use laws of logic, science and morality without in so doing, give continual evidence of the fact that they arent atheists at all. They know this God who we are speaking about. He is the one who created them and who is continually revealing himself through not only in the natural order of the universe, but through their very conscience and use of reason. They know this God and yet they suppress the truth about him. You know this to be true because they continue to use the laws of logic, science, and morality although from their world view, these concepts do not make sense. Without a uniformity of the universe, discussions about absolutes such as evil are pointless. From a Christian worldview however, understanding that there is evil in the universe is a concept that is best understood by looking at ourselves. Pogo wrote, "We have met the enemy and he is us." Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago described it another way: If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?