New book tackles age old question, “Why would a loving and powerful God allow so much pain and suffering?”
Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias has written a new book, Why Suffering? Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense, co-authored with Vince Vitale of RZIM’s Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Why Suffering is published by FaithWords and was released on October 21, 2014.
Why Suffering? will appeal to a large cross-section of readers as Zacharias and Vitale uniquely combine both an apologetic approach as well as a pastoral perspective. It is written for the Christian struggling for an answer, the seeker who thinks suffering disproves God’s existence, and the sufferer who needs a glimpse of a loving God.
In Why Suffering? Zacharias and Vitale carefully walk readers through a variety of responses that considered together provide a clear, comprehensive, and convincing answer. Responses such as:
• Where there is the possibility of love, there has to be the reality of freedom, and therefore the possibility of pain.
• Wishing God had made a different world is to wish yourself out of existence.
• The reality of evil only makes sense in light of the reality of divine goodness.
• Relational knowledge about God takes the argument beyond reason alone to the presence of God amidst suffering.
• God’s decision to allow temporal suffering must be viewed from an eternal perspective.
• Divine goodness shows how to conquer not in spite of, but even through suffering.
“In comparison with other world religions, the Christian response to pain and hardship is highly distinctive,” said Zacharias. “The cross is the key to a compelling and rational explanation for trusting in God in the face of suffering.”
This book is written with great respect for the complexity of the issue, recognizing that some who read it will be in the trenches of deep suffering themselves and others questioning the very existence of a loving God. Why Suffering? provides an answer to the problem of pain and suffering with emotional sensitivity and intellectual integrity.