The Beginning and the End of Suffering

Mount St. Helens

Updated May 7, 2021

Suffering has to stop.

I believe that suffering will end when there is a mature, universal knowledge of good and evil. Only then will we choose only good, because we’ll clearly see how good good is. We’ll never choose evil again, because we’ll clearly see how evil evil is. No more fuel will be poured on the fire of suffering, and it will go out.

How can we get to a mature, universal knowledge of good and evil? By exposing them. By uncovering all of the evidence and holding it up for all to see.

Almost everyone agrees that suffering has to stop (the fact that not everyone agrees is part of the problem). Areas of disagreement include these questions:

  • Which things are good, and which things are evil?
  • Who determines what is good and what is evil?
  • What are the sources of good and evil?

I believe that only God is good; He alone is goodness itself. If we are to have a mature knowledge of good, we must know the truth about God.

Lots of ground can be covered when dealing with the truth about God. I focus on areas within mainstream Christian theology that I regard as incoherent and unbiblical.

The Bible presents the same God that nature reveals. Historical, Bible-based Christianity is a coherent, evidence-based belief system. However, today’s mainstream Christian theology lacks coherence in at least four points. These points stem from a belief that is based, not on scripture, but on a lie that the devil told Eve in the garden of Eden: “You surely will not die!“

This lie entered into the mythologies of Egypt, Babylon, and India. It found its way into Greek philosophy. From there, it entered mainstream Christian theology, where it has remained for over 1,500 years. Here’s how the lie about us (“You surely will not die“) shows up in theology — and is at odds with biblical teaching:

How the devil's lie shows up in mainstream Christian theology

The Bible exposes the devil’s lie and is coherent in each of these points. This is a focus of much of my work. For more on these subtopics, follow the links below.

Evil and suffering / The knowledge of good and evil

The first death

The second death (hell)

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