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Resources: Suffering and Evil

We May Expect Troubles

In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

What advice would you give to people who are suffering and ask why they should desire Heaven when they feel they’re going through hell right now?

ReflectingThis world is the closest thing to heaven unbelievers will ever experience, and the closest thing to hell believers will ever know. The promise of Heaven, where there will be no more pain and sorrow and God will wipe away the tears from every eye (Revelation 21:4), should be a great encouragement to all Christians

What do you mean by primary and secondary evil? (audio)

Randy Alcorns answers the question,"What do you mean by primary and secondary evil?"

What do you want your readers to take away from If God Is Good?

If God Is Good ...

In If God Is Good, I appeal to unbelievers and believers alike to consider these questions: Why is there so much good in the world? Why do the great majority of suffering people want to go on living nonetheless? Is evil and suffering just bad luck, or is there a rational explanation for it? Is there a redemptive purpose for it? Can we as hurting people, and as those trying to help hurting people, find perspectives that recognize the full force of evil and suffering, yet offer hope? I suggest the answer is yes.

What does it mean to CONSIDER it joy? (audio)

In this three-minute clip, Randy talks about what James 1:2 means when it says, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds."

What does Romans 8:28 really mean?

When you use this powerfully explosive verse (and you should use it), handle it with care.

What is the Christian worldview in regard to suffering? (audio)

Randy Alcorn asnwers the question, "What is the Christian worldview in regard to suffering?" on Mid-Morning with Lynne Ford.

What is Wicca?

Wicca prides itself in being a diverse movement.

What should we expect if we want to be Christlike? (audio)

Randy Alcorn addresses the need for an expectation of suffering in the life of a believer who is to grow in Christ-likeness.

What words of encouragement can you share with someone who is deeply hurting?

I pray that God would wrap His arms around you, comfort and encourage you, and do a work of grace. There is no question that some beauty will come from ashes. I pray that the beauty will be widespread, deep, and lasting.

I have no words to offer except those that others have said that will be far better. I hope that even one or two of these are ones you can latch onto, along with Scripture.

We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out ...

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