This book shows biblically that God is not at all to blame, that the cause of all suffering is sin, and it shows whose sin. It shows why Jesus Christ is the fulcrum of history in this regard, and resolves the seemingly apparent contradiction between the nature of the Old Testament God and that of the New Testament God, which, of course are the same changeless God.
The book exposes the myth that God is totally in control of all that happens (which would make Him responsible for it) and shows that He and His Son Jesus Christ are doing all they can to intervene in the realm of Satan's authority and help us. A chapter on faith shows what faith is and how it helps us to access the power of God. The book shows how God does test us for our benefit, though never by tragedy or affliction.
It explains what the "chastening" of God is and why it has nothing to do with anything like punishing us. The redemptive value of the proper response to suffering is also discussed. Letting God speak for Himself and seeing the truth of His Word about the subject of evil, sin, and suffering will help you grow immensely in love for God and His Son, in faith for their promises, and in hope of the final victory that is ours, enabling you to live with joy and peace, even in a "war zone."
CHAPTER ONE — IS GOD THE PROBLEM?
- Traditional Christianity Falls Short
- The Problem With Blaming God
- Darwin's Dilemma
CHAPTER TWO — SIN IS THE PROBLEM
- Who Sinned?
- The Sin of Lucifer
- The First Adam
- Man's Original Sin
- Sin And The Corruption Of God's Creation
CHAPTER THREE — JESUS CHRIST IS THE SOLUTION
- God: Consistent With His Nature
- The Plan: Another Adam
- Why Did Jesus Have To Suffer And Die?
- All's Well That Ends Well
CHAPTER FOUR — OLD TESTAMENT OR NEW—WHICH ONE IS TRUE?
- Literal or Figurative?
- A Kingdom Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand
- Jesus Christ Lifted The Veil
CHAPTER FIVE — GOD IS GOOD (WITH FIGURES!)
- Meet Mr. Metonymy
- Permission Or Prophetic Declaration?
- "I Guess Perhaps You Should Let My People Go, Maybe"
- Why God Used Metonymy Of The Subject
CHAPTER SIX — WHAT ABOUT JOB?
- Must Satan Ask God's Permission To Do Evil?
- Miserable "Comforters"
- Is Everything That Happens God’s Will?
- God’s Answer To Job's Question
- Why Me, Lord?
CHAPTER SEVEN — THE JUSTICE AND JUDGMENTS OF GOD
- Justice Demands Judgment
- Future Judgment
- How God Judges Now
- Grace, Reward, Mercy And Wrath
- Man's Choice: Deliverance Or Destruction
CHAPTER EIGHT — CONSEQUENCES OF LIVING IN A FALLEN WORLD
- The Reverberating Ramifications Of Sin
- Satan's Opposition
- The Urgency Of Obedience
- God So Loved The World
CHAPTER NINE — LIFE IS NOT A BIG PUPPET SHOW
- Does God "Use" People?
- Does God Permit Evil?
- Is God A Murderer?
- What Is The Key To Divine Intervention?
- Exercise Your Legal Rights
CHAPTER TEN — KEEP THE FAITH
- Faith Means Trust
- Between A Rock And A Promise
- Faith Is Not A Force
- The Role Of Miracles
- Persevering In Faith
CHAPTER ELEVEN — OTHER FACTORS IN THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE
- Prayer: Taking Hold Of God's Willingness
- Angelic Warfare
- Timing Can Make The Difference
- Fellowship Is Essential
CHAPTER TWELVE — THE FATHERLY DISCIPLINE OF GOD
- Father Knows Best
- Jesus Christ, The Son Of The Father
- A Father And His Children
- “Chastening” And Change
CHAPTER THIRTEEN — TWO TEACHERS, TWO TESTS
- How Does God Test Us?
- Jesus Christ, The Master Teacher
- You Can Test Yourself
CHAPTER FOURTEEN — GOD’S INFINITE RESOURCEFULNESS
- Turning Lemons Into Lemonade
- Turning Tragedy Into Triumph
CHAPTER FIFTEEN — THE REDEMPTIVE VALUE OF SUFFERING
- Count It All Joy
- A Piece Of The Action
- Suffering And Glory
- Our Proper Response To Suffering Helps Oth