Everyone having an ear to the news will be feeling agony and pain resulting from the “evil massacre” of 20 children and 6 adults in Newtown, Connecticut today.
The more qualified will speak to the issues in the days ahead but I thought recommending this book might help some navigate through the painful questions wrought by the stuff of life experiences.
How Long O Lord?
“Suffering and evil are a part of life, and everyone experiences a fair share of hardship, difficulties, troubles and woes. Of course every worldview has to somehow account for this. The biblical worldview has its own take on the issue, which is the subject of this volume.
As a study on why God allows suffering, this book is not unique. There must be many thousands of books written by believers on this difficult issue. I have read quite a few of these, and I would argue that this volume by Carson is right up there – certainly in the top ten.
…Carson seeks to lay out the biblical material to help us get a handle on why suffering and evil exist, and how the believer is expected to deal with these issues.
He provides one of the better treatments of the subject, offering a balanced and judicious understanding of what the biblical material has to say about these topics. It is not a work of apologetics as such, and it does not attempt a lengthy philosophical theodicy. Instead it seeks to help Christians of all walks of life with some biblical, theological and pastoral discussions about evil and suffering.”