Bought by the Blood

January 23, 2009

Tough Questions of Faith

Where did evil come from? How did it originally get started?” God seems to reply, “That is not something I intend to tell you.”  In other words, the Bible compels us to accept the mystery of evil.  Notice I did not says, “compels us to accept evil.”  The Bible never does that or asks us to do so.  We are emphatically told to reject and resist evil.  Rather, I mean that the Bible leads us to accept that evil is a mystery (especially in terms of its origin), a mystery that we human beings cannot finally understand or explain…

God made us human beings in God’s own image.  Indeed, this is what constitutes our personhood.  What makes human beings uniquely to be persons, in distinction from the rest of the nonhuman animal world, is not the possession of a soul, but that human beings are created in the image of God.  The human species is the only species of which this is true.  We were created to be like God and his character and to exercise God’s authority in creation…God with his infinite perspective, and for reasons known only to himself, knows that we finite humans being cannot, indeed must not, “make sense” of evil.  For the final truth is that evil does not make sense.  “Sense” is part of our rationality that in itself is part of God’s good creation and God’s image in us.  So evil can have no sense, since sense itself is a good thing.

-Chris Wright “The God I Don’t Undertand:reflections on tough questions of faith

Chris Wright is probably one of my favorite living theologians.  I have read and own most of his books.  For Christmas I was excited to get his newest book “The God I don’t understand: reflections on tough questions of faith.”  One of the exciting things about this book is how Zondervan has gotten behind this book with a massive marketing campaign.  Starting in February they are going to be doing weekly blog posts at Koinonia.  They also have a website devoted to the book with a study guide and a video intro from Dr. Wright at http://www.toughquestionsoffaith.com

There are four topics that the books deals with:

  1. Evil and Suffering
  2. Cleansing of the Canaanites
  3. The Cross
  4. The End of The World

One of the things that I am looking forward to about this book is Dr. Wright’s scholarship.  He won’t give answer answers.  John Stott says in his review of this book states, “It is because Dr. Wright confronts biblical problems with a combination of honestly and humility that I warmly recommend this book.”    He will look at the problem through the lens of all of Scripture and when it is required, he will humbly say that certain things are a mystery beyond human comprehension.   Because we can’t comprehend these mysteries, we have no need to despair, but we can still worship and have faith in the God who is soverign over all the pain and mysteries of this life.

If you want, you can check out a review of the book of here.  I am only through chapter one, which is where the quote above comes from, but I look forward to working my way through the book and hope to finish by the time the discussion starts on Koinonia.

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