Have you ever heard or said, "When God closes a door, he opens a window"? This is typically said to comfort people who are disappointed or in pain. This article explains that there are problems with this saying, namely, that God may not always open a window, and that God's gifts for us are not necessarily in this temporal life.
This article considers the subject of persecution, and how we are to develop a Christ-like concern for his suffering people throughout the world.
How can you help those who are suffering? What is needed to counsel those who are suffering is a theology of suffering. Such a theology considers who God is, the origins of suffering, the why of suffering, God's response to suffering, and the end of suffering.
Chapter 1 wrestles with the question why there is suffering at all. It first reflects on what suffering is. Next it unfolds the origin of human suffering by expounding on Genesis 3 and throwing light on the different contexts in which suffering is experienced. The chapter ends with questions for further reflection.
This chapter is about the mystery of suffering. In the Introduction the problem is stated, but not answered.
This article shows how true faith allows the believer to see the good in all things because of God's providence.
Martin Luther is well-known for his theology of the cross. This theology of Luther is based on his view of the love of God and how it relates to suffering and evil. The author introduces into the discussion a Finnish school of interpretation of Luther. This school offers a new understanding of these themes in Luther's theology. In particular the real presence of Christ in the believer is highlighted.
The author of Hebrews understood the church to be the people of the wilderness. Therefore, he wrote his letter in order to exhort them to endurance, since as Christians remaining in the wilderness they should have expected suffering. This endurance can only come through Christ, by seeing His superiority, incarnation and superior offering, in keeping with the understanding of promise and punishment.