Where is God When Things Go Wrong?
We live in what has been called 'a world with ragged edges.' Earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, fires, famine and other natural disasters kill millions of people and injure countless others, sometimes wiping out huge numbers within a few hours. ...
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We live in what has been called 'a world with ragged edges.' Earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, fires, famine and other natural disasters kill millions of people and injure countless others, sometimes wiping out huge numbers within a few hours.
Every day, accidents claim an untold number of victims. Planes crash, trains are derailed, road vehicles collide, ships are lost at sea, buildings collapse, bridges give way, trees fall, machinery malfunctions. To make matters worse, disease cuts relentless swathes through humankind, causing immeasurable weakness, pain and fear, while 'man's inhumanity to man' brings a terrible toll of suffering.
Yet the Bible claims that God is in sole and sovereign control of everything that happens in the entire universe, that he 'works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will' and that he is 'compassionate and gracious' and 'abounding in love'. Is there any way in which all of this can hold together? The answer may surprise you.'
Dr. Blanchard is an internationally known Christian author, he formed Popular Christian Apologetics, a project that involves writing, speaking, radio and television broadcasting and the production of a series of videotapes and audio-cassettes providing a rational defence of the Christian faith. The PCA project now takes up virtually all of his time, but he also preaches and teaches in other evangelistic and Bible teaching situations.His 24 books include two of the UK's most widely used evangelistic publications, Right with God and Ultimate Questions. Published in 2000, his 655-page volume Does God believe in Atheists? was voted 'Best Christian Book ' in the inaugural UK Christian Book Awards held in 2001.Dr. Blanchard is on the Board of Governors of Highland Theological College; is a Trustee and Life Vice-President of the Young Life; Patron of Liverpool City Mission; on the Council of Reference of the Brighton and Hove City Mission; and on the Board of Reference of Orphaids, and of Longhorsely Convention Christian.