The sub-title of this 210-page book is “A Biblical Answer to the Problem of Evil, Sin, and Suffering.”
It addresses what is probably the number one question most people have about God: If He is a loving God, why is there such rampant human suffering?
This book shows biblically that God is not at all to blame, that the cause of all suffering is sin, and it shows whose sin. It shows why Jesus Christ is the fulcrum of history in this regard, and resolves the seemingly apparent contradiction between the nature of the Old Testament God and that of the New Testament God, which, of course are the same changeless God.
The book exposes the myth that God is totally in control of all that happens (which would make Him responsible for it) and shows that He and His Son Jesus Christ are doing all they can to intervene in the realm of Satan’s authority and help us. A chapter on faith shows what faith is and how it helps us to access the power of God. The book shows how God does test us for our benefit, though never by tragedy or affliction.
It explains what the “chastening” of God is and why it has nothing to do with anything like punishing us. The redemptive value of the proper response to suffering is also discussed. Letting God speak for Himself and seeing the truth of His Word about the subject of evil, sin, and suffering will help you grow immensely in love for God and His Son, in faith for their promises, and in hope of the final victory that is ours, enabling you to live with joy and peace, even in a “war zone.”
This book may very well be for you the most meaningful book you have ever read about the things of God.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER ONE — IS GOD THE PROBLEM?
Traditional Christianity Falls Short
The Problem With Blaming God
CHAPTER TWO — SIN IS THE PROBLEM
The Sin of Lucifer
The First Adam
Man’s Original Sin
Sin And The Corruption Of God’s Creation
CHAPTER THREE — JESUS CHRIST IS THE SOLUTION
God: Consistent With His Nature
The Plan: Another Adam
Why Did Jesus Have To Suffer And Die?
All’s Well That Ends Well
CHAPTER FOUR — OLD TESTAMENT OR NEW—WHICH ONE IS TRUE?
Literal or Figurative?
A Kingdom Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand
Jesus Christ Lifted The Veil
CHAPTER FIVE — GOD IS GOOD (WITH FIGURES!)
Meet Mr. Metonymy
Permission Or Prophetic Declaration?
“I Guess Perhaps You Should Let My People Go, Maybe”
Why God Used Metonymy Of The Subject
CHAPTER SIX — WHAT ABOUT JOB?
Must Satan Ask God’s Permission To Do Evil?
Is Everything That Happens God’s Will?
God’s Answer To Job’s Question
Why Me, Lord?
CHAPTER SEVEN — THE JUSTICE AND JUDGMENTS OF GOD
Justice Demands Judgment
How God Judges Now
Grace, Reward, Mercy And Wrath
Man’s Choice: Deliverance Or Destruction
CHAPTER EIGHT — CONSEQUENCES OF LIVING IN A FALLEN WORLD
The Reverberating Ramifications Of Sin
The Urgency Of Obedience
God So Loved The World
CHAPTER NINE — LIFE IS NOT A BIG PUPPET SHOW
Does God “Use” People?
Does God Permit Evil?
Is God A Murderer?
What Is The Key To Divine Intervention?
Exercise Your Legal Rights
CHAPTER TEN — KEEP THE FAITH
Faith Means Trust
Between A Rock And A Promise
Faith Is Not A Force
The Role Of Miracles
Persevering In Faith
CHAPTER ELEVEN — OTHER FACTORS IN THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE
Prayer: Taking Hold Of God’s Willingness
Timing Can Make The Difference
Fellowship Is Essential
CHAPTER TWELVE — THE FATHERLY DISCIPLINE OF GOD
Father Knows Best
Jesus Christ, The Son Of The Father
A Father And His Children
“Chastening” And Change
CHAPTER THIRTEEN — TWO TEACHERS, TWO TESTS
How Does God Test Us?
Jesus Christ, The Master Teacher
You Can Test Yourself
CHAPTER FOURTEEN — GOD’S INFINITE RESOURCEFULNESS
Turning Lemons Into Lemonade
Turning Tragedy Into Triumph
CHAPTER FIFTEEN — THE REDEMPTIVE VALUE OF SUFFERING
Count It All Joy
A Piece Of The Action
Suffering And Glory
Our Proper Response To Suffering Helps Others
CHAPTER SIXTEEN — HIS STRENGTH IN OUR WEAKNESS
Called To A Holy Purpose
A Thorny Issue
Keep Your Eyes On The Goal