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If God Is Good: Chapter Summaries

Chapter Summary Excerpts from

If God Is Good…

by Randy Alcorn

SECTION ONE

Understanding the Problem of Evil and Suffering

Chapter One: Why is the Problem of Evil and Suffering So Important?

More people point to the problem of evil and suffering as their reason for not believing in God than any other—it is not merely a problem, it is the problem. You will not get far in a conversation with someone who rejects the Christian faith before the problem of evil is raised. Pulled out like the ultimate trump card, it’s supposed to silence believers and prove ...

Distinctive Teachings of Biblical Christianity

Biblical Christianity is fundamentally a relationship with Christ, not a religion about Christ.

Do human beings really have free will? How does that fit with God’s sovereignty?

God is not the author of evil. Neither, however, is He ever the victim of evil. His hands are never tied by evil. He's never painted into a corner by evil. When Jesus went to the cross He didn't fall into Satan's trap—Satan fell into His. Wills were being exercised, but men weren't calling the shots—God was.

Does God desire for us to give Him gifts?

child with flowerWe have become so conscious of having nothing to offer to earn our salvation (which of course we don’t), that we’ve translated that into “there’s nothing we can give God that will please Him.” That’s utterly false—we’re not saved by good works, but God has prepared for us a lifetime of good works (Eph. 2:8-10), which are our gifts to Him.

Are Jesus and God the same entity as members of the Trinity?

Jesus said in John 10: "I and the Father are One." Jesus is God and the Holy Spirit is God; the Son is God and the Father is God.

How could a loving God send anyone to Hell? (audio)

Randy answers the question, "How could a loving God send anyone to Hell?"

Guilt, God, and Self-Esteem

Despite what some would have us believe, there is such a thing as true moral guilt.

God’s Holiness is Stunning to Angels (audio)

In this audio clip, Randy Alcorn talks about God's holiness being so stunning that even powerful and sinless angels are amazed.

What’s the problem with having truth without grace?

The  Grace and Truth Paradox

Truth without grace is unbending, like the law of gravity. Gravity doesn’t take into consideration the fact that the individual in the car is young, kind, tired or didn’t mean to get too close to the edge of the cliff. When the car plunges off the precipice, gravity shows no sympathy.

Truth tells us we’re sick. Only grace can cure us.

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