Why Do I Suffer?
Why does God allow suffering? It's a question that, in one form or another rears its ugly head time and again. Whether it comes from someone who has just lost a loved one, been diagnosed with an incurable illness or...
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Why does God allow suffering? It's a question that, in one form or another rears its ugly head time and again. Whether it comes from someone who has just lost a loved one, been diagnosed with an incurable illness or even just surveyed the plight of the poor in the third world. A few days after the terrorist attacks of 911 the question that was being asked around the world was Where was God in this? The question is one that has dogged Christians down the ages. A number of answers have been offered and indeed all worldviews attempt their own response. John Currid brings Biblical teaching to bear. God does work in suffering, he is not a worried observer unwilling or unable to intervene, rather he has a purpose at work and is in control. As Abraham said quot;Shall not the Judge of all the Earth do right?quot; Grasping that truth will help us as we face the future and ensure that when we are next faced with that most tricky of questions we will know where to begin.
Dr. John Currid (Ph.D., Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago) is Carl McMurray Professor of Old Testament at the Charlotte campus of the Reformed Theological Seminary. A graduate in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology, he has extensive archaeological field experience. He was the Director of the Agricultural Project at Tel Halif, Israel; Field Archaeologist of the UNESCO Project at the excavation of Carthage, Tunisia; and staff archaeologist at Tell el-Hesi and Bethsaida, both in Israel.
He has written Genesis vols 1 and 2; Exodus vols 1 and 2; Leviticus and Numbers (Evangelical Press Study Commentary Series), and serves as editor for that series. He has also written two books in the discipline of archaeology Doing Archaeology in the Land of the Bible (Bakerbooks) and Ancient Egypt and the Old Testament (Bakerbooks), and has recently published another book about suffering Why Do I Suffer?: Suffering and the Sovereignty of God (Christian Focus Publications).
Koorong -Editorial Review.