Human wisdom is not adequate to solve the problem of

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“Human wisdom is not adequate to solve the problem of undeserved suffering. Only Yahweh can meet our needs in time of suffering.” (Blessing, 6). “So, God must have a higher moral ending in allowing evil and its suffering for humans.” (Moser, 191) “They often find it extremely difficult to accept the idea of God’s sovereignty in the face of pain, suffering, and hostility- natural or human dusasters.” (Agang, 22) “ (Meek, 151) God’s Goodness “traditional Christian belief in God as the unique infinite, uncreated, eternal, personal Spirit, absolute in goodness and power” (Hick, 5) James 1:17- no shifting shadows in God. In scripture, “God is always represented as unqualifiedly good.” (Carson, 67) In Exodus, God outlines to Moses his most basic characteristics: “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but not neglecting just judgement.” (Fretheim, 41) “The good, the just, the pure, the holy is holy, not by reason of an arbitrary act of the divine will, nor of a principle independent of God, but because it is an outflow of his nature. God always wills in accord with his nature consistently. He wills the good because he is good.” (G.R. Lewis, God, Attributes of in Elwell). 2
“God is just or righteous. God's justice or righteousness is revealed in his moral law expressing his moral nature and in his judgment, granting to all, in matters of merit, exactly what they deserve.” (see above) “The other aspect of God's holiness is his absolute purity or goodness. This means that he is untouched and unstained by the evil in the world. He does not in any sense participate in it. Note the way Habakkuk 1:13 addresses God: "Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong." “ (Erickson, 256) “God not only is personally free from any moral wickedness or evil. He is unable to tolerate its presence. He is, as it were, allergic to sin and evil. (Erickson, 257.) God’s Sovereignty From the days of the Egyptian slavery of the Israelites, their “God-talk” reveals a vision of God’s sovereign existence as “king, lord, and judge, but also one who stands outside of the world and speaks and acts on the creation with absolute authority.” (Fretheim, 31) “In the Bible, God is absolutely and unqualifiedly sovereign, but his sovereignty never functions in such a way as to mitigate human responsibility.” (Carson, 64). Gen 50:19-20- you intended to harm me….. Is 10:5- God uses the Assyrians to express his wrath, but 12-13, intends to punish them for their wickedness. “God is utterly sovereign, so much so that he treats the mighty regional superpower as nothing but a tool in his hands, yet nevertheless his sovereignty does not mitigate their human responsibility: they have acted cruelly, and God holds them to account for it.” (Carson, 65-66) “Why did Jesus go to the cross? It was all part of God’s determinative plan, so forcefully worked out that even the human participants did no more than exactly what God had ordained.” (Carson 67) 3
Scriptures- prov 21:1, 16:33, matt 10:29, ps 139:7-8

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