One of the greatest difficulties cited by Secular Humanists and atheists, in general, is the problem of evil. It goes something like this. If God is all powerful, then he cannot be loving because evil still exists. If he is good, then he cannot be all-powerful because evil exists. In other words, those who project the problem of evil are basically saying, “why doesn’t God do something?” The resurrection of Jesus is the ‘something’ that God chose to do. The resurrection is the answer to the problem of evil.
He has done something and continues. Jesus said that he, “…came to seek and save the lost.” (Luke 19:10) The plan laid out by Jesus has aspects that even the greatest scholar will not understand. There is much mystery that surrounds the reasons that salvation was needed, and acquired in the way that it was. However, the evidence for the supernatural nature of Jesus is too compelling to ignore his words. The case for his resurrection is something that, when studied carefully and honestly results, in a challenging of everything known about the universe.
It is precisely because of the problem of evil that God would have need to appear to the world in the form of the incarnate Christ. It is the problem of evil that Jesus came to fix. Some decry this message because, here we are twenty centuries later, and the problem of evil still exists.
Would you denounce an auto mechanic if he did not fix a car immediately, but instead took eight hours? Would you claim that the doctor who cannot heal instantly is no doctor at all? Would you defame the engineer who spends months drawing up plans for a skyscraper, instead of conceiving of all its parts in one instant? Certainly not! The evidence points to the fact that God appeared in human form, the man Jesus. This seems to be a clear indicator that he intends to act within spacetime. The fact that his plan to remove evil from the world was not instantaneous doesn’t mean that he is a false hope. It can as easily mean that he has decided to give mankind as much time as possible to come to him.