Monday, November 17, 2008

Book: God's Problem

So I started a new book this weekend which my brother gave me called: God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer

It is by Bart D. Ehrman the same author who wrote Misquoting Jesus : The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why which I finished this summer.

The Synopsis of the book is:

In times of questioning and despair, people often quote the Bible to provide answers. Surprisingly, though, the Bible does not have one answer but many "answers" that often contradict one another. Consider these competing explanations for suffering put forth by various biblical writers:

The prophets: suffering is a punishment for sin
The book of Job, which offers two different answers: suffering is a test, and you will be rewarded later for passing it; and suffering is beyond comprehension, since we are just human beings and God, after all, is God
Ecclesiastes: suffering is the nature of things, so just accept it
All apocalyptic texts in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament: God will eventually make right all that is wrong with the world

For renowned Bible scholar Bart Ehrman, the question of why there is so much suffering in the world is more than a haunting thought. Ehrman's inability to reconcile the claims of faith with the facts of real life led the former pastor of the Princeton Baptist Church to reject Christianity.

In God's Problem, Ehrman discusses his personal anguish upon discovering the Bible's contradictory explanations for suffering and invites all people of faith--or no faith--to confront their deepest questions about how God engages the world and each of us.

I found his Misquoting Jesus to be insightful and interesting and it seems as this book is going to be easier to read and follow and I am looking forward to what he has to say on the subject.

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