BTBD: Week 21 – The Problem of Evil and Theodicy

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Blogging Through Biblical Doctrine
Have you wanted to read a theology book, but haven’t known where to begin? In this series, Jess is blogging through John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue’s book, Biblical Doctrine. Print the study guides at the bottom of each post (or on the Resources page) and follow along!  Also, be sure to join the associated women’s Facebook page to discuss the study with other Christian women.  Finally, if you want to go back and start at the beginning you may find the Introduction article here.

This section is, in my opinion, one of the most valuable sections in this entire textbook. It answers the question, “How can a loving, holy, and just God allow evil and injustice in the world?”

This section will help you in your own faith. It will help you in your evangelism. Most importantly, it will help you in your communion with God, and spur you on to trust Him more.

Additionally, I want to share a neat God-thing that happened. I wasn’t able to post last week, but it worked out because I have some new things to share regarding this post that I did not have last week. As many of you know, Nate (my husband) was at ShepCon last week. I always love when he goes because he inevitably brings me back a few books for my little library. This time, he brought back John MacArthur’s new book, None Other: Discovering the God of the Bible. I haven’t read it yet, but when I went hunting for resources for this blog post, I found this article which is derived from this new book of his. (I think you will find it helpful.) So now, I am super excited to read it. The back of the  book reads:

The Bible’s teaching on God’s love, holiness, and sovereignty is often met with questions about human responsibility, suffering, and evil. If God is in control of everything, can we make free choices? If God is good and all-powerful, how can we account for natural disasters and moral atrocities? Answers to these questions are often filled with technical jargon and personal assumptions that don’t take into account the full scope of biblical truth.

In None Other: Discovering the God of the Bible, Dr. John MacArthur shows that the best way to discover the one true God is not through philosophical discourse but through a careful study of Scripture– the primary place where God has chosen to reveal himself.

Got Questions also has a helpful article, What is Theodicy?

The book Trusting God, Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges speaks to our hearts about God’s goodness, wisdom and sovereignty over our pain. This book is one of my favorite books. For me, it was one of those books that changed my life.

Take a little extra time this week, if you can, to read these supplemental articles. This is tough stuff to wrap our brains around. But in the end, like all of Scripture, it gives life to those who hear. This stuff, when understood correctly, can free us from worry, anxiety, and fear. Godspeed sweet sisters!

Here is your study guide for this week Theology Proper 10.

I’ll see you next week, as we begin a new chapter, and discuss the preincarnate Christ.

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Jessica Pickowicz

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Jessica is the founder and lead writer of Beautiful Thing. She is wife to pastor/ church-planter Nate Pickowicz, and mama of two.