The Message of Evil & Suffering

Light into Darkness

The Bible Speaks Today Bible Themes Series


by Peter Hicks

The Message of Evil & Suffering
  • Length: 272 pages
  • Published: February 01, 2007
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2410-6
  • Item Code: 2410
  • Case Quantity: 24
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Evil and suffering have always been part of human experience, but they present a significant challenge to Christian belief in a good and all-powerful God. The biblical writers have no time for unreal idealism, in which the life of faith is supposed to be free from anguish, pain and perplexity. But they are confident that God's power and wisdom are sufficient to overcome and transform evil and suffering, and to enable us to be "more than conquerors" in a broken and hurting world.

Peter Hicks expounds a range of relevant biblical texts that enable readers to set the issue of evil and suffering in the context of the nature and purposes of God. They may, he says, be a mystery to us, but they are not a mystery to God. Central to his approach is the conviction that the key lies in the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the suffering and triumph of God himself. He also explores the Bible's teaching on how we are to live in a world of evil and suffering.

The author writes warmly and clearly, not only shedding light on two challenging biblical themes, but also offering valuable insights for those currently afflicted. His book thus bears the Bible Speaks Today marks of readability, reliability and relevance. It will be particularly useful for ministers and preachers, committed church members and theology students.

As a companion to the Bible Speaks Today commentaries, the Bible Speaks Today Bible Themes Series focuses on the message of key biblical texts supporting differing facets of Christian doctrine in conversation with the history of Christian tradition. Rooted in Christian heritage and interactive with contemporary culture, the series provides a rich resource for preaching, teaching and spiritual growth.



Part 1. Evil and Suffering--and God
1. The End of the Story (Revelation 15:3-4)
2. The Beginning of the Story (Genesis 6:5-8)
3. The God of Love and Punishment (Exodus 34:6-7)
4. Chaos and the King (Psalm 2)
Interlude: Evil and Suffering--and God

Part 2. Evil and Suffering--and Jesus
5. The Coming of God (Luke 4:14-30)
6. The Incarnate God (1 John 2:38-3:15)
7. The Scarred God (Revelation 5:6)
8. The Conquering God (Ephesians 1:9-10, 19-23)
9. The Teaching of Jesus on Evil and Suffering (Mark 1:14-15, Luke 6:20-36, Matthew 12:24-37)
Interlude: Evil and Suffering--and Jesus

Part 3. What on Earth? The Nature of Evil and Suffering
10. The Paradigm Evil (Genesis 3:1-24)
11. The Cosmic Battle (Revelation 12-14)
12. Suffering Evil
Interlude: What on Earth? The Nature for Evil and Suffering

Part 4. Why on Earth? Reasons for Evil and Suffering
13. Wrestling with God (Genesis 32:22-32)
14. From Suffering to Glory (Romans 8:17-27)
15. The Gift of Suffering (Philippians 1:29-30)
16. Good Out of Evil (Romans 8:28)
17. Giving Reasons (1 Peter 3:15-16)
Interlude: Why on Earth? Reasons for Evil and Suffering

Part 5. How on Earth? Living with Evil and Suffering
18. The Suffering People of a Suffering God (Matthew 10:16-39)
19. Living with Suffering (Job, 2 Corinthians 4:7-5:10)
20. Living with Evil (Titus 2:11-14, Matthew 5:13-16, John 20:21-22)
Interlude: How on Earth? Living with Evil and Suffering

Part 6. From the Evil One to Our Father
21. Radical Praying (Matthew 6:9-13)

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