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Why Do I Suffer?: Suffering and the Sovereignty of God

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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 surveyed the plight of the poor in the third world. A few days after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 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 "Shall not the Judge of all the Earth do right?" 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.

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  • An in-depth look at suffering and the sovereignty of God
  • An appendix dealing with annihilationism
  • A glossary of Scripture dealing with the subject of temptation
  • All Scripture references linked to the Bibles in your library

Top Highlights

“Theodicy is the attempt to understand the nature and actions of God in the face of evil and suffering.” (Page 36)

“In the first place, Kushner argues that bad things happen to people as a result of chance.” (Page 18)

“Second, Scripture restores the downtrodden believer.” (Page 59)

“Finally, and most significantly, that position states that God has no control over bad things.” (Page 19)

“Secondly, according to Kushner, there is no reason, purpose or meaning in affliction.” (Page 18)

  • Title: Why Do I Suffer: Suffering and the Sovereignty of God
  • Author: John D. Currid
  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • Print Publication Date: 2004
  • Logos Release Date: 2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Providence and government of God; Suffering › Religious aspects--Christianity; Consolation in the Bible
  • Resource ID: LLS:WHYSUFFER
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2023-08-24T17:29:06Z

John D. Currid is Carl McMurray Professor of Old Testament at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. He received his PhD in archaeology from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. He has several books in print, including the Welwyn Commentary on Habakkuk.


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