In "IF GOD IS GOOD: Why Does God Allow Suffering?", the author embarks on a profound exploration into one of the most challenging questions facing believers: Why does a benevolent God permit suffering and evil in the world? This meticulously researched book draws upon a wealth of biblical scholarship and theology to offer insights into a question that has perplexed scholars and laypeople alike for centuries.
Table of Contents Overview
Chapter 1: "Why Has God Permitted Suffering and Evil?" delves into the nature of evil and suffering, examining the various theodicies proposed throughout Christian history. It confronts common objections to these theodicies and posits a robust Christian response to the presence of evil and suffering in the world.
Chapter 2: "The Problem of Foreknowledge and Free Will" tackles the intricate relationship between God's omniscience and human autonomy. The author engages with the philosophical conundrum of foreknowledge and free will, unraveling the apparent paradox and elucidating the Christian perspective on the compatibility of the two.
Chapter 3: "The Scale of Justice: Understanding Life's Disparities" offers a penetrating look into the inequities of life, challenging the notion of fairness in a fallen world. It underscores the role of free will in human experience and God's sovereignty amidst earthly injustice.
Chapter 4: "Divine Intervention: Expectations vs. Reality" scrutinizes the expectations of divine intervention against the reality of Scripture. This chapter addresses the myths surrounding constant divine rescue and sheds light on the purpose behind unanswered prayers.
Chapter 5: "The Adversary Unveiled: Acknowledging Satan's Role" reveals the Biblical portrayal of Satan, his influence, and the spiritual battle waged between good and evil. It aims to demystify the devil's role and equip believers with the knowledge to combat spiritual deception.
Chapter 6: "Promises and Perseverance: Navigating Imperfection with God" wraps up the discourse with a discussion on the true nature of God's promises and the role of perseverance through life's trials. It dispels common misconceptions about divine guarantees and offers a scriptural understanding of assurance in the face of imperfection.
Each chapter is a deep dive into the complexities of its topic, always returning to the core of biblical teaching and the steadfast character of God. "IF GOD IS GOOD: Why Does God Allow Suffering?" is an essential read for anyone grappling with the realities of pain and injustice in light of a loving Creator. It is a beacon of hope and a source of answers that provides not only scholarly insight but also pastoral care to readers seeking to reconcile their faith with the existence of suffering.
- Publisher: Christian Publishing House (March 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 130 pages
- ISBN-10: 0692414622
- ISBN-13: 978-0692414620
- Item Weight: 7 ounces
- Dimensions: 5 x 0.44 x 8 inches
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Religion, MA in Biblical Studies, and MDiv in Theology) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored over 220+ books. In addition, Andrews is the Chief Translator of the Updated American Standard Version (UASV).