Does God Suffer?

by Thomas Weinandy

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press

Written in English
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Subjects:

  • Christian Theology - General,
  • Theology,
  • God (Theology),
  • Religion,
  • Religion - Theology,
  • History of doctrines,
  • Suffering of God
The Physical Object
FormatPaperback
Number of Pages310
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL9668178M
ISBN 100268008906
ISBN 109780268008901

Through a comparison with early and later Fathers of both East and West (though predominantly the latter), as well as with several modern thinkers, Weinandy examines in great detail the manner in which the 'becoming' of the Incarnation need not -and in fact does not- require 'change' in the divine nature of God; and in the process, the book 4/5(1). The problem of suffering is challenging, and people often wonder how a kind, loving God can allow suffering. Responses to suffering are deeply personal and evoke strong emotions, but the Bible offers examples that reveal not only the mystery of human suffering but God’s eternal perspective. Let's look at 10 things the Bible says about suffering and how we should respond so that our faith can.   Question: "What does the Bible say about pandemic diseases/sicknesses?" Answer: Various outbreaks of pandemic diseases, such as the coronavirus, have prompted many to ask why God allows—or even causes—pandemic diseases and whether such illnesses are a sign of the end times. The Bible, particularly the Old Testament, describes numerous occasions when God brought plagues and . The book of Job deals with the age-old question of human suffering, but does this from a believer’s perspective. The question is not general, Why is there evil in this world? but rather, Why do the righteous suffer? Why do God’s people suffer? Ultimately, this a question about God: Why does God bring suffering into the lives of His people?

5. What do many religious teachers say about suffering? What does the Bible teach? 5 Pastors, priests, and religious teachers often say that it is God’s will that people suffer. Some may say that everything that happens to a person, including tragedies, has already been decided by God . Why does God allow suffering? Clearly suffering was brought into the world as a result of sin. This does not mean that people who are suffering are always the cause of their own suffering; often people suffer because of the sins of others.   According to the book of Job, the reason the righteous suffer is to test their faith in God, to make them more like Him, and to bring Him glory. 1. God Sends Trials to Test Righteous People’s Faith in Him. Some people try to say that if you suffer, it’s because you have sinned and angered God. God didn’t intend for humans to suffer. On the contrary, he gave the first human couple a wonderful start. Satan, a rebel angel, called God a liar.

  You may be going through pain and suffering right now but God can offer hope for any situation. Life can seem agonizing sometimes but we can rest in the knowledge that God .

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The immense suffering in the modern world, especially in the light of the Holocaust, has had a profound impact on the contemporary understanding of God and his relationship to human suffering.

There has been a growing acceptance that God himself suffers in solidarity and love with those who by: In his book, he demonstrates that it is only because it is impossible for God to suffer that He can truly aid us in our suffering. In fact, it is a sign of the despair of our contemporary world that it believes that God must Himself suffer or He is no use to us/5.

The immense suffering in the modern world, especially in the light of the Holocaust, has had a profound impact on the contemporary understanding of God and his relationship to human suffering. There has been a growing acceptance that God himself suffers in solidarity and love with those who suffer.

It was originally human suffering that became the catalyst for espousing a passible and thus suffering God. Surely, God must suffer in solidarity with those who suffer. This was first expressed within the context of the social ills of industrial Britain in the late-nineteenth century.

Book Review: Does God Suffer. Show all authors. Michael J. Dodds, O.P. Michael J. Dodds. Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley Book Review: Paths to the Triune God: An Encounter Between Aquinas and Recent Theologies. Show details.

Thomas Aquinas, Human Suffering, and the Unchanging God of Love Author: Michael J. Dodds. Does God suffer. We are indebted to Thomas Weinandy for so thoroughly addressing this question posed by many philosophers and theologians in our time. He accurately presents the arguments in favor of an affirmative answer, only to show how inadequate those arguments are in the presence of a deeper understanding of God’s love for humanity.

Does God Suffer. A Critical Discussion of Thomas G. Weinandy’s Does God Suffer. Abstract The author argues that Thomas G. Weinandy in his book Does God Suffer. starts from the axiom of divine apathy, rather than that he argues for it. He criticizes the hermeneutic implicit in Weinandy’s interpretation of 1 Sam and proposes an alternative by: 1.

They say, God must suffer and feel emotion if he is to be truly loving; he must be open to the changes that participation in our lives will throw his way. Most of all (they say), the answer to our own suffering is found in God’s joining with us in our pain.

Many passages show us that God withholds His wrath. Expressed in human terms, this means that "God suffers the fire, that burns within Him".Isaiah says that "My soul hateth your new moons and your appointed feasts, they are a trouble unto me.

I am weary to bear them." And Isaiah shows us God as a Worker Who performs slave labor. Dietrich Bonhoeffer once famously said that ‘only the suffering God can help’. In fact, helping is the very thing a suffering God cannot do. If God is destabilised by the pain of his creatures, if he is caused genuinely to suffer in a manner that replicates their distress, that leaves us with all kinds of sticky theological problems.

By the same token, to say that God does not undergo suffering is not to say that he is remote, or uninvolved with us. It is to say what God cannot be considered as the beginning and end of all things.

That, and no more. In his essay, Haught seems to be critical of a robust declaration to the effect “God does not suffer.”. Does God Suffer. The immense suffering in the modern world, especially in the light of the Holocaust, has had a profound impact on the contemporary understanding of God and his relationship to human suffering.

There has been a growing acceptance that God himself suffers in solidarity and love with those who suffer.4/5(1). Read "Does God Suffer?" by Thomas Weinandy, O.F.M. available from Rakuten Kobo. The immense suffering in the modern world, especially in the light of the Brand: University of Notre Dame Press.

Life in this fallen world is filled with suffering. Because of this, every Christian needs to learn how to suffer well. The following Christian books on suffering, grief, loss, and death will help you learn God’s view on suffering and be prepared when suffering enters your life. In times of suffering, we need a God who does not suffer, one who can overcome suffering in order to redeem us and return justice to this evil world.

Retrieving an Old Word: Impassible For this reason, the church—from the early fathers to the Westminster Confession of Faith—has believed that the God of the Bible is a God without passions. we have to know who is god lives.

GOD is point of light. God is Almighty. God has called by different names in Different religions but GOD is only One. We all are souls point of light who control our body through i. The author of this book challenges the contemporary view of God and suffering.

Calling upon scripture, and the philosophical and theological tradition of the Fathers and Aquinas, he advocates the incarnational truth that the Son of God actually does experience human living, including suffering.

The author of this book challenges the contemporary view of God and suffering. Calling upon scripture, and the philosophical and theological tradition of the Fathers and Aquinas, he advocates the incarnational truth that the Son of God actually does experience human living, including suffering.

Special offers and product promotions/5(8). At some point, you’ve probably been asked why a loving God would allow suffering in the world. Though He is able to stop it, He often doesn’t. And while we can acknowledge seeing Him at work during certain difficult situations, at other times it looks as if.

The notion of compositional development in the text of Job is directed at a simplistic view of the book, and of the problem of suffering and rewards; it does not touch the difficult view of God Author: Marcel Sarot.

They accepted the Greek idea of divine impassibility, the notion that God cannot suffer since God stands outside the realm of human pain and sorrow. Philo, the Hellenistic Jewish theologian, had Author: Dennis Ngien.

Look at the Book. Look at the Book. Suffering Prepares Us to Enjoy God 2 Corinthians – For God’s children, all suffering is light compared to the weight of the glory coming, and all affliction is temporary compared to eternal bliss.

John Piper Share on Twitter Share on Facebook. God is not the creator of evil, pain, and suffering. This answers the question, 'Why didn't God create a world where people don't suffer?' "The answer is He did. Genesis says God saw all that He had made and it was very good," he continued.

For one thing, the Bible devotes an entire book to dealing with the problem. This book concerns a man named Job. It begins with a scene in heaven which provides the reader with the background of Job’s suffering. Job suffers because God contested with Satan. And God cried.

q THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES (s). Where do we find the answer to—Why does God permit evil and suffering. In the book of Job God is telling us: Just as I answered Job's questions and doubts, I can answer your questions and doubts. My answer is found in My Word, the Bible. Why does God let innocent people suffer.

One of the biggest barriers to belief in God is the question of suffering. The general argument is that, if God is good and benevolent, He would not permit innocent people to endure suffering and pain.

But the Bible reveals that God is good and that He allows suffering. But after Job showed that he did in fact love God more than all else in the world, there was another purpose that God sought to achieve by letting his suffering drag on for several months.

That purpose, according to Elihu, was to purge out of Job's life a residue of. The first reason God’s children suffer is for our own stupidity, our own willfulness, our own selfishness, and our willful ignorance.

Many times we try to blame God for this kind of suffer- ing, but it is our fault. When God allows extreme and inexplicable suffering, when he appears to treat those who love him as if he hates them, the book of Job teaches that God is delivering us from our trivialization of God as a means to our ends and giving us opportunity, in the midst of unhidden and public grief (), to worship God as God, for his own sake, regardless of any secondary blessing we might gain or lose.

It is a conviction meant to quiet our minds and encourage our hearts: In some way God has a hand in our suffering. Whatever circumstances we experience can no more arise without the hand of God than a saw can cut without the hand of the carpenter.

Job in his suffering did not say, “The Lord gave and the devil took away,” but, “The Lord gave and the Lord took away.”. But how do those who do believe in a loving, personal God reconcile their faith with the question of the cause of evil?

From the Christian perspective, the answer can be found in the Bible, a collection of sixty-six books that Christians trust to be the Word of God. Looking at the biblical description of God’s character and being, the short answer to the question of God causing suffering.

Do you wonder if God wants us to suffer? Or is it all an accident? These and other critical questions about our existence are being asked and answered in this text. These questions are not being answered adequately by today's sectarian institutions.

If you have some of these questions you deserve answers that make logical, practical and theological sense.Can God suffer? Does God truly suffer in the suffering of mankind and of each individual bearer of His divine image?

Preserving a thoroughly Trinitarian perspective on God’s existence, we can answer that question with a resounding “Yes!” “We see Jesus,” the author of Hebrews declares (), “who for a little while was made lower.