I have been reading, teaching, and writing A LOT these past several years on the violence of God in the Bible, and this book also provides the beginning place for understanding these violent, bloody texts in Scripture.
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Chapter - Fateful Turning Point Chapter Chapter - Devil Sword Conference 4. Chapter - Xiao Yun!? Chapter - Demoness. Chapter - Huge Disaster. Chapter - Explosion of Murderous Desire. Chapter - Busybody Chapter - Little Jasmine!? Chapter - Grievous News from the Sky 2. Chapter - Star Annihilation. Chapter - Hope Chapter - Choice? Chapter - Something Went Wrong. Chapter - Hope The Bible is deeply sensitive to the problem of suffering, including the internal suffering that many modern people face. It has something to say to us about these issues, if we have eyes willing to read it and ears willing to hear it.
He opened his book by asking God two questions: How long?
Habakkuk lived in the time leading up to the exile that Jeremiah lamented around six hundred years before Christ lived. Habakkuk looked around the kingdom of Judah and cried out to God about the injustice and evil he saw everywhere. God answered Habakkuk, but it was not the response Habakkuk expected. In fact, it caused Habakkuk even more confusion. God declared that he was raising up the Chaldeans—a brutal and terrifying people—to execute judgment on Judah for their injustice and transgressions.
God responded a second time, declaring that he would bring all evil to account and settle every score. Seeing God enabled him to find joy, even amidst his suffering. When we experience suffering or observe it in the lives of those around us, one of the most natural questions to ask is, Why? Why did that natural disaster happen? Why did my loved one get cancer? Why did God allow the Holocaust? It is encouraging to know we are not alone in asking such questions, and that crying out to God in our grief is not forbidden.
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The Bible offers a vision of a God who is big enough to handle such questions, and big enough to trust even when life seems to be falling apart. One of the deepest and most poignant treatments of suffering in the Bible is the story of Job. Job was an innocent man who suffered terribly; he lost everything he had and, on top of that, was covered in boils. Their reasoning was this: Surely Job must have provoked God in some way! That is the only possible explanation for the suffering that has overcome him.
What did you do to deserve this? Job even prays for his friends because God is angry with them for how they treated Job. One use of the book of Job is to distinguish a biblical view of suffering from the concept of karma, which is the notion that there is a kind of unbreakable cause-and-effect law in the moral realm. In a universe governed by karma, people who do good will experience good, and people who do bad will experience bad.
That means that if we see someone suffering, we can conclude that they did something wrong to bring it on themselves. Many people assume—perhaps sometimes subconsciously—that this is exclusively how suffering works.
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The biblical view of suffering is more nuanced than the karmic view. In the biblical view, we cannot always understand why suffering happens in this life. Job never learned the true cause of his suffering, even after he had been restored by God. But Job encountered God. Some critics look at this response as a non-answer to the problem. When Job sees God, he no longer needs an answer.
God himself is the answer.
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Job responds with joy and repentance. Like the character Orual in C. We see here a hint of the hope that the Bible offers to sufferers. Why is this? He gave us himself. He came. He entered space and time and suffering. At the center of the biblical story is a God who actually enters into suffering for us. He was born, lived, died, and rose again from the dead to defeat evil and reconcile to God those who trust in him. When Jesus hung on the cross, he suffered one of the worst deaths imaginable, because he took on all the sins of humanity.
Despite his innocence, he died for our transgressions.
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