“Christianity Today” Interview with Joni Eareckson Tada

The following is an excerpt from an excellent interview with Joni Eareckson Tada by Christianity Today (Yes, good things can come out of Carol Stream, Illinois from time to time). The existence of evil in the world within the parameters of God’s sovereignty has always been a thorny issue for many people, but Joni reminds us that suffering is a part of a fallen world, and that the onset of the new heavens and the new earth will bring an end to such difficulties.

“Christianity Today: You have hinted at a classic question: How can a good God allow such suffering in the world? How does your latest book, on God’s sovereignty, address that?

“Joni Eareckson Tada: When people ask that question—even I struggle with that question—we aren’t accepting the fact that this earth is wired to be difficult. The rule of thumb is that we experience much suffering because we live in a fallen world, and it is groaning under the weight of a heavy curse. If God being good means he has to get rid of sin, it means he would have to get rid of sinners. God is a God of great generosity and great mercy, so he is keeping the execution of suffering. He’s not closing the curtain on suffering until there is more time to gather more people into the fold of Christ’s fellowship.

That answer suits me, and I think it would suit others if they stop and think: Suffering is connected to sin; if God were to get rid of suffering, he’d have to get rid of sin, and then he’d have to get rid of sinners—and God is too merciful to do that.” (Christianity Today, October 12, 2010)

To read the entire article go to the Christianity Today, Joni Eareckson Tada on Something Greater than Healing.

HT: Tim Challies

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