Wednesday, September 18, 2013

6 Key Things in Understanding Suffering

Ever since the ancient revolt, suffering has been woven, with perplexity and pain, into the fabric of human experience. We all live and move and have our being amid Eden's wreckage. Affliction and evil -- universal as they are real -- haunt us, stalk us, plague us.

In a recent lecture delivered at Houston's Lanier Theological Library titled "Going Beyond Clich├ęs: Christian Reflection on Suffering and Evil" [video link attached], Don Carson proposes six pillars to support a Christian worldview for stability through suffering.

"A Christian worldview rests on huge, biblically established, theological frameworks -- all of which have to be accepted all of the time," the research professor of New Testament explains. "And this massive structure is stable and comprehensive enough to give you a great deal of stability when you go through your darkest hours." His proposed pillars aren't cute musings, in other words, but crucial bulwarks.

Good stuff -- insightful, helpful. Check it out here.

(Missionary Doug Nichols alerted me to this article. Thanks, Doug.)