Suffering: Understanding the Love of God
Human suffering includes all sorts of pain and distress which accompany serious illness, loss of loved ones or friends, natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and forest fires; poverty and hunger, accidents, persecution and many other events that touch our...
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Human suffering includes all sorts of pain and distress which accompany serious illness, loss of loved ones or friends, natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and forest fires; poverty and hunger, accidents, persecution and many other events that touch our lives.
Reading a book about human suffering can be disconcerting and depressing, to be sure; but reading what the Book of books reveals about suffering and about God's promises of deliverance and gracious intervention should be heartening and uplifting - and that is the fundamental purpose of Calvin's comments upon the subject of faith tested by suffering.
'Calvin's amazing amount of advice on coping with suffering, combined with Joseph A. Hill's enlightening annotations, make this a most helpful book for Christians whose faith is being tested. The quotations by Calvin are long enough to provide spiritual and practical depth yet short enough not to be tedious. Turn to any page, and you will be edified.' Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
John Calvin (1509-1564) was one of the leaders of the sixteenth-century Reformation, and is best known for his Institutes of the Christian Religion. Thousands of people sat under his ministry in Strasbourg and Geneva, and his preaching in Geneva resulted in his being so highly respected that, when he died, almost the whole city attended his funeral.
Joseph A. Hill is Associate Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies and Greek, Geneva College (named after John Calvin's Geneva) in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, USA. Since his retirement from the faculty at Geneva, he served eight Presbyterian churches as an interim pastor and pastoral associate. A member of the advisory board of the New International Version of the Bible, he taught both Biblical Studies and Greek over a period of twenty-five years. He is married to Barbara Adams Hill. They have three adult children and eight grandchildren.
John Calvin, born in 1509 and designated for the Catholic priesthood by his father, became the great French Protestant reformer famous for his doctrine of predestination and his theocratic view of the state. In Geneva, he rejected Papal authority, established a new scheme of civic and ecclesiastical governance, and created a central hub from which Reformed theology was propagated. He engaged in long bitter struggles over the independence of the Church from the State and the rules he tried to impose on Geneva as a whole. The Institutes of the Christian Religion, one of the most famous theological books ever published established Calvin's system of doctrine and Church which has shaped more minds and entered into more nations than that of any other reformer. When he died in Geneva in 1564, he left both a city and a world transformed by the impact of his ideas and beliefs. - Publisher.