Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tim Keller on Suffering

In February at The Well we will be studying the book “The Reason for God” by Tim Keller in our small groups. This book is such a great apologetic book written to non-believers and done in a very good, and easy to read way. Sometimes apologetic books can get bogged down in philosophy language that much of the great wisdom of the book is lost. Keller is able to take hard subjects and make them clear and understandable to all readers. This book is a must have for all Christians to be equipped in a post-modern world where people are becoming more skeptical of Christianity. Below is a couple of quotes taken from the 2nd chapter of the book entitled: “ How Could a Good God Allow Suffering?”

“’Why does God allow evil and suffering to continue?’ and we look at the cross of Jesus, we still do not know what the answer is. However, we now know what the answer isn’t. It can’t be that he is indifferent or detached from our condition. God takes our misery and suffering so seriously that he was willing to take it on himself.” (Keller, The Reason for God, pg. 30-31)

“Everything sad is going to come untrue and it will somehow be greater for having once been broken and lost.
Embracing the Christian doctrines fo the incarnation and Cross brings profound consolation in the face of suffering. The doctrine of the resurrection can instill us with a powerful hope. It promises that we will get the life we most longed for, but it will be an infinitely more glorious world than if there had never been the need for bravery, endurance, sacrifice, or salvation.” (Keller, The Reason for God, pg. 33)

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