Is Our Pain God’s Problem? – Bart Ehrman & N.T. Wright

Two of HGO’s favorites (for different reasons) discuss via blog posts this important topic on suffering, evil in the world and the Kingdom of God.
Here’s a brief summary –
Is our pain God’s problem? If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow so much suffering? These kinds of questions—sometimes called the problem of theodicy—have long bothered believers and nonbelievers alike. These questions are especially pressing now as we face the AIDS pandemic, widespread hunger, and environmental degradation—not to mention the grief that humans can cause one another. Our two guests for this new Beliefnet Blogalogue have devoted part of their lives to addressing these issues. Bart Ehrman is James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the author of God’s Problem and Misquoting Jesus, among many other titles. N.T. Wright is the Bishop of Durham for the Church of England and has taught at McGill, Oxford, and Cambridge. His books include Surprised By Hope, Evil and the Justice of God, and several other titles.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by raovkvr on May 18, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Our Mind is the center for all the feelings. If we make our mind is flesh leaning – may be we feel suffering and invite evil without our knowledge, with lust (Roms : 8 : 5-8). If God is good and all powerful in our soul, Holy spirit will lead us towards eternal life, ( Roms: 8 :9,10,11)
    Hence all our battle is in our mind, which needs spiritual food, as important as fleshly food.


  2. Raovkvr,

    I think you make a good point about how if we are carnally -minded (flesh-leaning) we may feel suffering and invite evil, without being aware of why. The truth is that God is sovereign and He will use evil spirits if necessary to discipline us for our own good, for His purpose, according to the counsel of His own will. God knows the end from the beginning and so nothing that happens surprises Him or is “plan B”.




  3. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Invective.


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