When bad things happen we often as ourselves why? Why would the benevolent Christian God allow such human suffering at a personal level and also at a national and international level? Why is there famine when there is food enough to feed the world? Why is there illness which could be prevented, and why is there pain?
An angry God is easier to understand in many ways. That way we can make sense of why bad things happen.
Yet, as humans, we look for there being more than this. We have difficulty believing this is all there is, and we question the idea of why
There is an argument that as the population as a whole becomes more educated, the need for religion diminishes. We can explain the world in terms of science. We no longer need a supreme being to be the catalyst creating the world. We don’t need saving, and potentially there is nothing after this.
It is natural to question. We are encouraged to question our political leaders but our church leaders are less inclined to be questioned. In the current leader of the Catholic Church, we have a man who is open to being questioned, and for a long time there have been plenty who make a defense not necessarily for the church or any particular denomination but for the faith.
This group, Christian Apologetics, have a hard task in the modern world.
C.S. Lewis, the author of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, converted to Christianity from a deeply held atheism and felt the need to defend his position. His fame as an eminent writer meant the BBC gave him a platform for his views which were translated into the work Mere Christianity.
As a thinking man, Lewis propounded the idea that there was a moral law which like a natural law was not man-made but was a common facet across nations. His example was Nazism, germane at the time he was broadcasting, but something that all non-Nazis agreed was (and remains) morally wrong. Suddenly, his views have a renewed resonance.
For Lewis, it is the extent to which people break the moral law that is the cause of the issues, and the reason why we do need saving, but it is ourselves from whom we need to be saved.
It is possible to see C.S. Lewis as something of a modern-day Paul. That is not to say that he is a saint, or from my perspective that either of them was saints, Paul has a great deal to answer for if you ask me.
The point is that both were avidly anti-Christian. Saul, before he became Paul, was an actual persecutor, both men had epiphanies after which both became Christ’s most vociferous supporters thereafter.
Lewis perhaps had the harder task, his job was to explain belief and faith in during the Second World War, Paul lived in a time when bright lights knocking you off a horse was enough.