Friday: Further Thought – God and Human Suffering

Woman Praying and Praising

Further Thought: Christian writer and apologist C. S. Lewis wrote a book talking about the death of his wife and his struggle to come to terms with that death. In it he wrote: “Not that I am (I think) in much danger of ceasing to believe in God. The real danger is of coming to … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Theodicy

A man holding his hands to his face

Read Romans 3:1–4. Though the immediate context is the unfaithfulness of some of God’s covenant people, what is the bigger issue that Paul is talking about here? What is Paul saying about God? Quoting Psalm 51:4, Paul talks about how the Lord Himself will “be justified in your words and will prevail when you are … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Dilemma

People in a Sea of Questions

Read the following texts in Job. What issue is Job wrestling with? What question does he not ask? Job 6:4–8, Job 9:1–12. As stated in yesterday’s study, the issue of God’s existence never came up in the book of Job. Instead, the question was why was Job going through these trials? And, considering all that … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: God and Human Suffering

You can view an in-depth discussion of “God and Human Suffering” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Earliest of Books

The Word and World: open Bible against a background of the world

Despite the hype of those who don’t believe in God, those who believe in God have many good reasons for their belief. However, there’s been one perennial problem that many have used through the ages to justify their disbelief, and that is the problem of human suffering and evil. How can God be all-good, all-loving, … [Click to read more …]

God and Human Suffering – Discussion Starters

Earnest Prayer

What has God clearly revealed in this world about Himself? [Lesson 4 – October 22, 2016] Perhaps there’s been a bad forest fire close to where you live. Or flooding has ruined the harvest for the year. (Romans 1:18-20) Still, does Paul proclaim that we have seen enough in nature to know God and know Him well?When … [Click to read more …]

God and Human Suffering – Teaching Plan

Key Thought: The character of God lies at the center of the great controversy and behind most questions of human suffering.. God and Human Suffering- October 22, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Job 12:7-10. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. How does … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Nothing Came from Itself

Creator: Jesus creating the world in seven days

There are many good and powerful arguments in favor of God’s existence. Besides the testimony of the created world, there’s also what’s called the “cosmological” argument. Basically, it’s the idea that nothing came from itself and that nothing created itself. Instead, what was created was created by something else before it, and whatever created that … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: God in Nature

Garden of Eden, river flowing through flowering landscape

Read Romans 1:18–20. What is Paul saying here? What a powerful few sentences. Enough of the reality and existence of God is revealed through “what has been made” (NASB), that is, through the created world, that people will be “without excuse” (NASB) for their unbelief. Paul is saying that from the creation alone humans can learn … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: God and Human Suffering

Read for This Week’s Study: Rom. 1:18–20; Job 12:7–10; Rev. 4:11; Col. 1:16-17; Matt. 6:34; Job 10:8–12; Rom. 3:1–4. Memory Text: “‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble’” (Matthew 6:34, NKJV). Unlike every other book of the Bible, the book of … [Click to read more …]