Saturday, February 17, 2007

God Is Not Pleased

"Thus, any discussion of the unfairness of suffering must begin with the fact that God is not pleased with the condition of the planet either. The story of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is the story of God's plan to restore his creation to its orginal state of perfection. The Bible begins and ends with the same scene: Paradise, a river, the luminous glory of God, and the Tree of Life. All of human history takes place somewhere between the first part of Genesis and the last part of Revelation, and everything in between comprises the struggle to regain what was lost.

"To judge God solely by the present world would be a tragic mistake. At one time, it may have been 'the best of all possible worlds,' but surely it is not now. The Bible communicates no message with more certainty that God's displeasure with the state of creation and the state of humanity." ~ Phillip Yancey, Where is God When it Hurts? , pg. 67

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