Rather he provides a human and humane opening to reconsider some very questionable presumptions that have wormed their way into moral thought. He goes on to enumerate them in a general way: Your view of truth.
As a result, people have terribly failed to carry the burden. It is not how the world is supposed to work. Therefore God allows people to make their own choices, whatever they are. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life — John 3: Up to this point, Job has been asking all the questions, but he is in the dark.
If God existed, if He was minimally fair, let alone loving and forgiving, how could He do this to me? It is all a mystery to us what is perfectly clear and obvious to him.
He is the sovereign Lord and nothing, absolutely nothing happens apart from his will and purpose. I have seen the wrong people get sick, the wrong people be hurt, the wrong people die young p. And I find it very hard to tell them that life is fair, that God gives people what they deserve and need.
We just do not know why his love demands that we suffer as we do.
So I set the challenge for you: To provide a complete answer to the question posed by the assertion of an absolute divine sovereignty, one needs all of that teaching and more. What about human sin?
Who is God then? Kushner himself does not offer much explanation for his claim that some things happen for no reason at all beyond pointing to the fact that we live in a world in the process of evolution and that evolution is inevitably a trial-and-error process.
His whole comfort consisted in his knowledge that God was suffering with him in his loss. This world has limited space and finite resources, so clearly all life must come to an end at some point.
It is too difficult even for God to keep cruelty and chaos from claiming their innocent victims. I had been a good person. A man can rejoice in his insignificance and find tremendous comfort in it if he sees it in comparison to the greatness of a God he loves and worships!
With this question in mind, Kushner turns to the Book of Job where he will God had the power to make anything happen.
The Arabic scholars al-Farabi and Avicenna introduced Greek thought into Islam as early as the late 10th century. There is more here than we can grasp.
I could have selected other paragraphs from these same chapters and they would have served the purpose just as well. But Job did not. I visit them in the hospital, I officiate at their funerals, I try to help them through the wrenching pain of their divorces, their business failures, their unhappiness with their children.
A turning point for many. Where can he turn for strength and hope? But life is also beautiful, surprising and wonderful.
But that leaves us having to say that, however little we may understand it, God has a reason for bringing to pass what he does in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. God is not an uncle.This was the option proposed by the celebrated Rabbi Harold Kushner in his unfortunately well regarded book of several years back: Why Bad Things Happen to Good People.
In effect, according to Rabbi Kushner, God is doing the best he can. (1) “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” by Harold S.
Kushner, A Jewish Rabbi, dealing with the news that his three-year-old son, Aaron, was diagnosed with “progeria” (rapid aging) on the day his daughter was born. 1 When Bad Things Happen to Good People – Summary Text By Harold S.
Kushner ()--notes by Doug Muder () Introduction, Why I wrote this book. Experience: Evaluating Kushner's Perspectives on Theodicy John C. Gibbs, Ph.D. but with the world in his best-seller When Bad Things Happen to Good People. If God is in charge and causes things to happen, what could be His.
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God would like people to get what they deserve in life, but He cannot always arrange it.
Forced to choose between a good God who is not totally powerful, or a powerful God who is not totally good, the author of the book of Job chose to believe in God’s goodness.Download