Answering the Toughest Questions About Suffering and Evil

Answering the Toughest Questions About Suffering and Evil

by Bruce Bickel, Stan Jantz


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Answering the Toughest Questions About Suffering and Evil by Bruce Bickel, Stan Jantz

Bestselling Authors Tackle Difficult Issues for Believers and Doubters

When it comes to the big questions about suffering and evil—Did God create evil? How could a good God allow evil? How could a loving God allow people to suffer?—Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz don't pretend to have all the answers. But they do know how to wrestle with uncertainty and doubt. They welcome questions, and in these pages they ask some of the most important ones you have about suffering and evil. With candor, insight, and a disarming touch of humor, they provide some answers to these critical questions, while leaving enough space—and grace—for you to keep wrestling, asking, and seeking Truth.

There is no shame in asking—after all, even some of the greatest men and women in the Bible had doubts. Don't let your questions go unanswered. What you find might just change your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764218729
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 226,826
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz are the bestselling authors of more than 50 books, including the international bestseller God Is in the Small Stuff and the Christianity 101 series. Their passion is to communicate the truth about God in a way that is clear, correct, and casual. Bruce and his wife, Cheryl, live in Fresno, California. Stan and his wife, Karin, call Orange County, California, home. For more information visit

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 9

1 If God Created Everything, Did He Create Evil? 13

2 Why Is There Suffering and Evil in a World Made Good by God? 29

3 Why Doesn't God Eliminate Suffering and Evil? 43

4 Why Is the Bible So Full of Violence? 57

5 Does God Care That the World Is Falling Apart? 73

6 Why Do the Innocent Suffer? 89

7 Is There a Difference between the Evil in the World and the Sin in Me? 103

8 What's the Point of Suffering? 117

9 What Happens If I'm Suffering and My Faith Isn't Enough? 133

10 What Can I Do About Suffering and Evil? 149

Notes 165

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Answering the Toughest Questions About Suffering and Evil 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
luvnjesus More than 1 year ago
I had a tough time reading “Answering The Toughest Questions About Suffering and Evil” because when I finished the book it left me wanting more, however I know there is hope regarding evil and suffering. There is an end!!! While Christ conquered evil on the cross, it will end once and for all in the final days. At some point we all question how could a loving God allow people to suffer? Did God create evil? With all that is happening in the world today, we must remember God is an all loving God. The author’s cover topics such as: Why Do The Innocent Suffer? If God created everything, did He create evil? The author’s incorporate scripture when talking about each topic and include questions for reflection at the end of each chapter. I highly recommend this book, it will make you stop and rethink about suffering, evil and judgement. “There is no shame in asking-after all, even some of the greatest men and women in the Bible had doubts. Don’t let your questions go unanswered. What you find might just change your life. I recevied a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
GCWineholt More than 1 year ago
ANSWERING THE TOUGHEST QUESTIONS ABOUT SUFFERING AND EVIL By Bruce Bickel & Stan Jantz Many times, we hear the question, If God created everything. Did He create evil, or Why do good people suffer? These question plus other are tackled by the authors of this book. They don’t pretend to have all the answers but they will wrestle with it and offer some sound advice from the scriptures and other Christian writers. The book is divided into ten sections, each dealing with a particular question about God, evil, and why certain things happen. They include did God create evil, why is there suffering, why doesn’t God eliminate suffering, why the violence in the Bible, and more questions that have been asked by many people. They divide the sections into separate questions, each section covers many questions concerning the subject of that section. The answer the authors write are based on the scriptures and will help you to have better understanding of the questions. Each question and answer has an example that someone has faced and include questions for you to answer. In my opinion there are some answers that we may not fully receive or understand until we finally come face to face with God, but this book is a definite help. A quote from the back of the book, “There is no shame in asking—after all, even some of the greatest men and women in the Bible has doubts. Don’t let your questions go unanswered. What you find might just change your life.” The book would make a great Bible study or book to use in a discussion group. I received this book free from Bethany House Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
Natonito More than 1 year ago
[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House Books.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] For a long time I have read whatever books I could find about the problem of evil and suffering [1].  Without being too descriptive about the point, I have experienced a fair amount of suffering and evil, observed still more, and unfortunately inflicted my share of evil and suffering on other people.  These books have a difficult task, made more difficult by the moral blindness that is so common in our generation.  The proliferation of books that seek to justify God and His ways before a critical world often bear evidence to the fact that our expectations are unreasonable.  We are fallen and corrupt creatures in a world that has been bent and corrupted by sin for thousands of years and yet we expect good things to happen to us because we fancy ourselves to be good people.  This is an unreasonable expectation, and yet it is an expectation we often have, and tend to hold on to despite the efforts of writers to reason us out of our unreason in the matter. This book is a thoughtful one and it ably discusses the problem of evil.  It is a bit unclear why this particular book needed two authors and a ghostwriter who likely did most of the work of research and writing without getting much of the credit, given that it resembles many other excellent books on the subject except that it adds its own touches through many references to other books that show the reaction of people to their own suffering and frequent personal stories.  Many of the chapters of this short book--just over 100 pages in the version I read of it--deal with the creation of evil and its relationship to free will as well as our own wicked choices.  The authors reflect on the lack of good people on the earth and the relationship between the problem of evil in the world and our lives and the problem of sin and evil within ourselves, a thoughtful discussion.  The authors manage to speak against the prosperity gospel, as they ought to, in their goal of encouraging the reader to develop a theology of suffering that recognizes the good that comes from suffering, the way that God is in control and operates in ways different from our own expectations, and reflects upon our own fallen nature and sinful behavior as well as the evil that we see outside of and around us.  Throughout the book there are a wide variety of thoughtful questions asked of the reader in their own examination of pain and suffering and evil. Overall, this is an excellent book.  I am not familiar with the authors' body of work, but as the authors of 75 books, it seems fairly likely that they read a lot and have plenty of ghostwriters and research assistants who help them craft thoughtful examinations of many subjects of interest to others.  This is a book I enjoyed and appreciated, but feel a bit unsure about recommending to many readers.  Most people do not like to read books about suffering and prefer not to think about the subject unless they have to.  As the authors quote J.L. Packer, though:  "God uses chronic pain and weakness, along with other afflictions, as his chisel for sculpting our lives.  Felt weaknesses deepens dependence on Christ for strength each day.  The weaker we feel, the harder we lean.  And the harder we lean, the stronger we grow spiritually, even while our bodies waste away (90)."  This is a good book in prompting the reader to look seriously at pain and suffering, although many p