Could God have made a world without suffering?

Yes, God can make a world without suffering.  In fact, he already did when he made the world before it fell into sin.  Adam and Eve were living in the Garden of Eden in a world where there was no suffering, no murder, and no lying. But when they rebelled against God, suffering entered into the world. So, God did not make a world with suffering in it. See also, Atheism, Adam and Eve, and Suffering

Do atheists hate the God they don't believe in?

People behave according to what they believe, not what they don't believe. When an atheist says God doesn't exist, or denies him, or works hard to disprove His existence, he is behaving in a manner that is consistent with what he believes. Likewise, when an atheist speaks against God by accusing Him of immorality, then he is displaying his disdain for God. Christians often encounter such displays of contempt for God when atheists cite God-ordered Old Testament events that atheists believe are morally wrong. When they do this, they are demonstrating their scorn for God by accusing him of doing what is wrong, and therefore being wrong. Disdain, contempt, and scorn are all synonymous with hate.

What does "You shall not judge" mean?


Jesus said in Matthew 7:1, "Do not judge so that you will not be judged." Many unbelievers quote this verse when Christians say that homosexuality is a sin, or adultery is wrong, or tell someone that a person might not be a Christian if, for example, he denies the resurrection of Christ (1 Cor. 15:14). But what do Jesus' words actually mean? Is he saying we can't say anyone is wrong about anything, or that someone is not a Christian, or that a person is in sin? Considering that the Bible has many verses condemning sinful behavior, we have to consider Jesus' words more carefully. Before we do that, take a look at these verses that show it is okay to make spiritual judgments.

Are there such things as moral absolutes (moral nihilism) or is nothing by nature good or bad?

Moral Nihilists say, "There are no inherent moral values in anything whether it is action, thought, or intention."  This position is also called Ethical Nihilism.  Such an assertion is problematic for several reasons.

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