I agree with @Amy_Muller, the Q&A is my favorite part :). I really appreciate the investment of thought and concern the team puts into answering each question posited, and I know having it virtual like this is not ideal, but it does make it more available for people spread wide and abroad to benefit from the conference! Thank you for providing this opportunity!
One of the major points that stood out to me just happened to be the last question of the night last night (yes, I did watch more than the last 5 minutes of the session ) about the problem of suffering and how to respond to atheists who struggle with the reality of evil and suffering in the world.
I felt that Dr. Sharon unveiled a critical layer to my personal understanding. She helped to point out that it is not as much of a philosophical struggle as it is more the emotional and experiential struggle that people have problems with when they don’t know God. And if God did not exist, the question would probably not even bother them. In her answer, she touched on the fact that it is not necessarily an academic conclusion that can be redirected and resolved with a good philosophical script. But it is possibly one of the greatest questions that reveals the subconscious human recognition of God in everyday life.
After pondering this thought, it is interesting to consider that the question of pain and suffering many times is a direct opportunity to share the experiential reality of a loving God Who enters into this world with us, and wants to call us back into the way, the truth and the life that He originally created us to live.
I know this question has been addressed from numerous angles and very thoroughly spoken on by the RZIM team, but I felt the way she worded her answer turned the lightbulb on in my comprehension, providing the freedom of confidence I had been looking for to engaging with a heart struggling with that question.