Does God allow and use evil in this life? Some say God is a sadist, some say he is hopeless in the face of evil. What does God say? This article explains the relationship between sickness, sin, and God’s punishment, and the role of Satan in the face of evil.
Reflecting on the evil of murdered children in Connecticut, this article shows how Christians should respond to evil. They acknowledge its reality, trust in Christ as the remedy to evil, and look forward to the certainty of justice.
The article has two main focal points, the reality of the destructive powers of evil in this world and the victory of Christ over them. It wants to identify the nature of evil powers and Satan in the New Testament. In the second part, the article examines the nature of Christ's victory over the powers. It notes the supremacy of Christ, the role of the church in this supremacy, and the new life of believers as a consequence of this.
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.
This article considers the question whether God foreordained evil and suffering.