Why God Can’t Take Away Suffering

Red Letter Christians | 1/17/2019 | Michael Rans
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In his book, God Can’t: How to Believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Abuse, and Other Evils, Thomas Jay Oord delves into the heart of one of the most difficult questions Christians face, an issue that theologians have wrestled with for centuries: Why does an all powerful and loving God allow tragedy, abuse, and suffering? With insight and compassion, he uses real life examples and testimony combined with groundbreaking ideas to challenge conventional wisdom on this difficult subject.

Written in straightforward language, this book will be of great comfort not only to victims of assault and survivors of disasters, but to anyone dissatisfied with unconvincing explanations of God’s complicity or control of terrible events.

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Whether or not you agree with everything the author proposes, God Can’t has much to recommend and will provide plenty of food for thought. Oord starts the book with a real-life tragedy cutting straight to the pat answers normally given for such events, like “There’s a higher purpose,” or “We can’t understand God’s ways.”

He reels off a list of genuine evils and explains the audience for his book: anyone who wonders where God was or what he was doing when they needed him. Describing the heartbreaking stories of four people, he outlines the typical questions that we ask such as “Is God punishing me?” “Does he care?” or “Why doesn’t he prevent pointless pain?”

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Citing polls that indicate the existence of evil as the primary reason nonbelievers say they reject God, he says that even many of those who retain their beliefs intellectually after a tragedy end up practical atheists.

He proposes what he calls “a real solution” consisting of five ideas that are based on two assumptions. The first assumption is that God always loves and does not ever use evil as a form of tough love. The...
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