IF GOD IS GOOD: Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Christian Publishing House
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 We look at our television, computers, tablets, cell phones, watching in horror as terrorist are beheading little children, dictators slaughtering tens of thousands of their own people, burying them in mass graves. We read in newspapers and on blogs of child slavery that affects millions of children, school shootings, diseases that claim tens of millions through horrific deaths. Every day a friend is telling us crimes such as murder and rape that have taken place. Then, we think of historical persons like Hitler who killed over six millions Jewish persons, as well as hundreds of thousands of Christians, we can only ask but one question. IF GOD IS GOOD, Why Does God Allow Suffering? 

Are we not tired of the books on this subject offering philosophical arguments, theological ramblings that would take a Ph.D. to understand them? Many have found no satisfactory answer. Therefore, they have lost faith in God. Andrews offers his readers very straightforward, biblically accurate explanations for these difficult questions. Why does God allow suffering, why is life so unfair? Does God step in and solve every problem because we are faithful? Why do we see some Christian leaders saying God miraculously saved some young girl from cancer while hundreds of thousands of others are left to die? Does God provide absolutes or guarantees in this age of imperfect humanity? Does Satan the Devil really exist? How are we to understand divine foreknowledge and human freedom? If any have had such questions, without a doubt, they will be very interested in the Bible’s answers to these and far more in this easy to read publication.

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 EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice from Zane State, BS in Religion at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, MA in Biblical Studies at Temple-Baptist Seminary, and MDiv in Theology at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored thirty-two books and coauthored and updated and expanded three books, as well as over 200 articles.

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Christian Publishing House
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Published on
Mar 24, 2015
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Pages
198
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ISBN
9780692414620
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English
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Philosophy / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Religion / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / General
Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Warfare
Religion / Christian Ministry / Evangelism
Religion / Christian Theology / Apologetics
Religion / Ethics
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 John 8:31-32 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you remain in my word , you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free .”

Delving into the basics of biblical interpretation, Edward D. Andrews has provided a complete hands-on guide to understanding what the author meant by the words that he used from the conservative grammatical-historical perspective. He teaches how to study the Bible on a deep, scholarly level, yet making it understandable to all. He has sought to provide the very best tool for interpreting the Word of God. This includes clarification of technical terms, answers to every facet of biblical interpretation, and defense of the inerrancy and divine inspiration of Scripture.

Andrews realizes that the importance of digging deeper in our understanding of the Bible, for defending our faith from modern day misguided scholarship. Andrews gives the reader easy and memorable principles and methods to follow for producing an accurate explanation that comes out of, not what many read into the biblical text. The principal procedure within is to define, explain, offer many examples, and give illustrations, to help the reader fully grasp the grammatical-historical approach. Finally, Andrews provides the next generation of Christians, a fresh new Bible reading/study program. This program will not only help the reader know the Bible, but also be able to interpret it, explain it, defend it, and use it when sharing their faith.

From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence.

For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness—something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? With deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong sets out to discover the truth about religion and violence in each of the world’s great traditions, taking us on an astonishing journey from prehistoric times to the present.

While many historians have looked at violence in connection with particular religious manifestations (jihad in Islam or Christianity’s Crusades), Armstrong looks at each faith—not only Christianity and Islam, but also Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Judaism—in its totality over time. As she describes, each arose in an agrarian society with plenty powerful landowners brutalizing peasants while also warring among themselves over land, then the only real source of wealth. In this world, religion was not the discrete and personal matter it would become for us but rather something that permeated all aspects of society. And so it was that agrarian aggression, and the warrior ethos it begot, became bound up with observances of the sacred.

In each tradition, however, a counterbalance to the warrior code also developed. Around sages, prophets, and mystics there grew up communities protesting the injustice and bloodshed endemic to agrarian society, the violence to which religion had become heir. And so by the time the great confessional faiths came of age, all understood themselves as ultimately devoted to peace, equality, and reconciliation, whatever the acts of violence perpetrated in their name.

Industrialization and modernity have ushered in an epoch of spectacular and unexampled violence, although, as Armstrong explains, relatively little of it can be ascribed directly to religion. Nevertheless, she shows us how and in what measure religions, in their relative maturity, came to absorb modern belligerence—and what hope there might be for peace among believers of different creeds in our time.

At a moment of rising geopolitical chaos, the imperative of mutual understanding between nations and faith communities has never been more urgent, the dangers of action based on misunderstanding never greater. Informed by Armstrong’s sweeping erudition and personal commitment to the promotion of compassion, Fields of Blood makes vividly clear that religion is not the problem.
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