By Gregory Stevenson
An creation to the literary and theological message of Revelation utilizing the subjects of evil and affliction as a conceptual organizer, which supplies readers an instantaneous connection among this historic textual content and their lives.
Although frequently learn as a publication of esoteric visions in regards to the finish of time, the e-book of Revelation is de facto essentially the most proper books within the Bible for Christian religion within the twenty-first century. Evil and pain are an unavoidable element of human event and so they generate a bunch of questions via these trying to be devoted in the middle of such studies. Why do Christians endure? How are we to appreciate God's sovereignty in a global of injustice, violence, and competition? what's the acceptable reaction of religion to the sort of world?
In ''A Slaughtered Lamb,'' Greg Stevenson argues that the publication of Revelation addresses such questions and the strain that's created among our religion and our stories of evil and affliction. revelation is a ebook that reminds us that God is devoted to his production, that demanding situations us to soak up the decision for devoted witness in a opposed global, and that unearths to us that God's fundamental reaction to evil and soreness is to fulfill us within the type of a slaughtered lamb.
Ideal to be used as a faculty textbook for undergraduate/graduate scholars, as a source for pastors/ministry leaders, and as an creation to revelation for lay individuals.
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As a result, we each understand the world in different ways and thus respond to the culture around us differently. On an intellectual level, I understand the concept of evil, I usually recognize injustice when I see it, and my heart aches for those who encounter great hardship and loss. Yet, because I have not experienced personally the worst things that the world has to offer, my default conception of the world around me is that it is a place of relative safety, a place which is essentially just if not always fair, and a place where I feel comfortable.
Even when handled faithfully, the book of Revelation remains dangerous because it does not allow Christians to be comfortable in this world. Revelation challenges our worldviews, demands allegiance to God alone, and calls for a life of radical obedience and service. It does provide comfort to those who suffer, yet does so paradoxically by encouraging them to continue in the same behavior (faithful witness) that generated their suffering in the first place. In a world like that of our twenty-first century culture where “the good life” is defined as prosperity and comfort, where tolerance is the highest value, where suffering is an evil to be avoided and eradicated at all costs, where the kingdom of God is often made indistinguishable from the kingdom of the world, Revelation is a dangerous book indeed.
When viewed as an experience of pain, suffering is neither good nor evil in and of itself. Evil, however, possesses a distinct and inflexible moral valence that suffering lacks. Whereas suffering can be good, evil, by definition, cannot. If we are to think precisely about evil and suffering, we must maintain a distinction between that which is merely tragic and that which is evil. ”6 As a significant human experience, suffering interacts with our moral sensibilities in many ways. ” One who witnesses on the news widespread devastation in an area hit by a natural disaster may choose to devote time and money to relief efforts.