ADVERTISEMENT

image Timothy Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City is commonly asked how a good God could allow suffering in the world.  One of the ways he answers that question is to point to the cross.  In his book, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, Keller writes:

The death of Jesus was qualitatively different from any other death.  The physical pain was nothing compared to the spiritual experience of cosmic abandonment.  Christianity alone among the world religions claims that God became uniquely and fully human in Jesus Christ and therefore knows firsthand despair, rejection, loneliness, poverty, bereavement, torture, and imprisonment.  On the cross he went beyond even the worst human suffering and experienced cosmic rejection and pain that exceeds ours.  In his death, God suffers in love, identifying with the abandoned and god-forsaken.  Why did he do it?  The Bible says that Jesus came on a rescue mission for creation.  He had to pay for our sins so that someday he can end evil and suffering without ending us.

Let’s see where this has brought us.  If we ask again the question: “Why does God allow evil and suffering to continue?” and we look at the cross of Jesus, we still do not know what the answer is.  However, we now know what the answer isn’t.  It can’t be that he doesn’t love us.  It can’t be that he is indifferent or detached from our condition.  God takes our misery and suffering so seriously that he was willing to take it on himself, (pg. 30-31).

Subscribe For Latest Updates

Sign up to receive stimulating conservative Christian commentary in your inbox.

Invalid email address
We promise not to spam you. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Thanks for subscribing!
You May Also Like

My Legal Right

I remember the nurse practitioner saying, “I have a legal obligation to…

Just Words

I remember not long ago seeing a church sign that said, “A…

Confirming What The Right Thinks About CNN

Audio and video captured by a CNN whistleblower Cary Poarch and released by Project Veritas is compelling and explains the current tone and direction of CNN.

Contraceptives and the Pro-Life Christian, A Conundrum

It is time for Protestant Christians to also speak out about the sinfulness of using artificial contraceptives and the behavior it can result from its use.