Author: Greg Koukl

Suffering, Adversity, and Character Development

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet Whatever difficulties you face, it’s safe to say there is something else going on than what meets the eye. In what way is God working all things for good? According to Romans 8:28, God is conforming us to the image of His Son. Jesus Himself was brought to maturity through suffering. Hebrews 2:10 says, “For it was fitting for God, for Whom and through Whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the Author of their salvation through sufferings.” The author of salvation is Jesus. He...

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Augustine on Evil

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet Is God the author of evil or its helpless victim? St. Augustine’s answer has been the most intellectually credible and emotionally satisfying solution to this vexing problem.  One doesn’t need a Ph.D. in theology to look around the world and realize something is desperately wrong. The existence of evil is one of the most vexing challenges a Christian—or  any person, for that matter—must grapple with. It’s occupied the minds of great Christian thinkers since the beginning, including St. Augustine (354-430 A.D.). For much of his life he worked hard at a solution. Augustine’s approach...

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