Visited the Auschwitz Concentration camp in Poland last Saturday…
Most of us on the tour had underestimated the weather and dressed too lightly, so were literally shivering with cold for most of the tour… I cant begin to imagine what the inmates went through with the meagre protection they had from the elements, let alone the Germans. Talking about the Germans: I was walking alone and said to one of my daughters something along the lines of “its a good thing that we didnt live at that time.” She replied: “Why, we’re not Jewish? ” My reply revealed my thoughts: “Yes, but we are German…” Like when GK Chesterton read a newspaper column which explored the question of “whats wrong with the world?” he replied: “I am.” I agree…
Following our Auschwitz visit on the Saturday I was back in London on Sunday to preached a response to the BIG QUESTION “Why does a supposedly good and almighty God allow suffering in the world?” This is a very important question for which every Christian should have at least a solid “apologetic” for. You can listen to the message here and see how I propose that the “mystery” of this question must be considered from 4 perspectives in order to understand it from within a Biblical World view:
- The “free will” perspective
- The “temporal/eternal” perspective
- The “purpose” perspective
- The “God with us” perspective.
My conclusion considering these 4 perspectives is the same as what we read in 1 Peter 5:10-11 “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
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