Suffering and the Sovereignty of God
In the last few years, 9/11, a tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and many other tragedies have shown us that the vision of God in today's churches in relation to evil and suffering is often frivolous. Against the overwhelming weight and seriousness of the Bible, many Christians are choosing to become more shallow, more entertainment-oriented, and therefore irrelevant in the face...more
In fact, if you survey the titles of his books, one word also stands out: supremacy/ sovereignty of God. A calvinist, he believes in the full control of God over all matters – be they good or bad. And guess one of the biggest problems a calvinist has t ...more
from pg. 184 - Of course we know intellectually that God does not forget to be gracious and that he will indeed be compassionate. We know that he hasn't rejected us and that his steadfast love is forever. But there are times when our pain is so deep that truths in our mind just can't seem to penetrate the darkness that surrounds our hearts...This text [Psalm 88] is in the Bible so that when s ...more
John Piper and friends tackle these difficult issues in a collection of essays based on the 2006 Desiring God conference in the Twin Cities.
This much is certain: all of us will suffer and incur injustice. How we fit that fact into a God-centriq universe will determine our level of joy therein.
So I recommend reading this book for anyone who has seriously suffered, and doesn't think God is off the hook for suffering. Please approach this book expecting God to provide much; it's not perfect, but I assure it's the best I've read on the matter from authors who wrote on this subject in the past 100 years.
He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethe ...more
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But what we didn’t realize is that when we fell and grabbed the tree our arm actually became entangled in the branches, so that in reality, the tree is holding us. We hold on to keep from falling, but what we don’t realize is that we can’t fall because the tree has us. We are safe. God, in his holiness, is keeping us and showing mercy to us. We may not be aware of it, but it is true. He is with us even in the deepest and darkest pit.”