The Reason for God – Part 3

Some of Keller’s words from Chapter 2 of The Reason for GodIn this chapter he takes up the topic of evil and suffering in the world.

  • For many people it is not the exclusivity of Christianity that poses the biggest problem, it is the reason-for-godpresence of evil and suffering in the world (p22).
  • Just because you see or imagine a good reason why God might allow something to happen doesn’t mean there can’t be one (p23).
  • Many assume that if there were good reasons for the existence of evil, they would be accessible to our minds…(p24).
  • With time and perspective most of us can see good reasons for at least some of the tragedy and pain that occurs in life.  Why couldn’t it be possible that, from God’s vantage point, there are good reasons for all of them (p25)?
  • It is (therefore) a mistake, though an understandable one, to think that if you abandon belief in God it somehow makes the problem of evil easier to handle (p27).
  • (Therefore), though Christianity does not provide the reason for each experience of pain, it provides deep resources for actually facing suffering with hope and courage rather than bitterness and despair (pp27-28).
  • So, if we embrace the Christian teaching that Jesus is God and that he went to the Cross, then we have deep consolation and strength to face the brutal realities of life on earth.  We can know that God is truly Immanuel – God with us – even in our worst sufferings (p32).
  • The Biblical view of things is resurrection – not a future that is just a consolation for the life we never had but a restoration of the life you always wanted.  This means that every horrible thing that ever happened will not only be undone and repaired but will in some way make the eventual glory and joy even greater (p32).
  • Keller concludes the chapter with a quote from C.S. Lewis (The Great Divorce):
    • They say of some temporal suffering, “No future bliss can make up for it,” not know that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory.

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~ by toddbumgarner on March 10, 2008 4:35 am.

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