A Bible Study on the C.S. Lewis Book The Problem of Pain
Author: Alan Vermilye
Publisher: Brown Chair Books
The Most Trusted Study Guide to Understanding The Problem of Pain! Why must humanity suffer? Why doesn’t God alleviate our pain, even some? In his book The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis’s philosophical approach to why we experience pain can be confusing at times. The Problem of Pain Study Guide breaks down each chapter into easy-to-understand questions and commentary to help you find meaning and hope amid the pain. The Problem of Pain Study Guide expands upon Lewis' elegant and thoughtful work where he seeks to understand how a loving, good, and powerful God can possibly coexist with the pain and suffering that is so pervasive in the world and in our lives. As Christ-followers we might expect the world to be just, fair, and less painful, but it is not. This is the problem of pain. In addition to Scripture references, discussion questions, and related commentary, The Problem of Pain Study Guide also provides easy-to-read chapter summaries highlighting overarching themes, definitions, and references. To help with those more difficult discussion questions, a complete Answer Guide and Scripture Reference Guide is available for free online. This complete Bible study experience is perfect for book clubs, church groups, and independent study. The Problem of Pain Study Guide includes: - Eleven sessions of study with multi-week options included - Comprehensive Bible study workbook with studies for each week - Complete chapter summaries to go deeper - Bible study questions that are ideal for group discussion - Answer Guide for all questions and Scripture - Reference Guide available for free online - Perfect for book clubs, small groups, or individual Bible study - Available in print or e-book formats The problem of pain is inescapable and its effects profound. The Problem of Pain Study Guide combines the wisdom of C.S. Lewis with the authority of Scripture to help you battle the issues and difficulties that lie ahead.
For centuries people have been tormented by one question above all – ‘If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?’ And what of the suffering of animals, who neither deserve pain nor can be improved by it?
This collection of sermons explores the age-old question of why a loving God allows suffering to visit His children. Tull encourages readers to ask why in good times as well as in difficult ones, to examine God's eternal presence in times of blessed joy as well as during sorrow and care. He emphasizes scriptures and anecdotes that illustrate God's comfort and grace during all situations in our lives.
A Theological Book in Which the Author Seeks to Provide an Intellectual Christian Response to Questions about Suffering
Author: C. S. Lewis
Publisher: Musaicum Books
The Problem of Pain is a book concerned, to one degree or another, with refuting popular objections to Christianity, such as the question, "How could a good God allow pain to exist in the world?" The book addresses an important aspect of theodicy, an attempt by one Christian layman to reconcile orthodox Christian belief in a just, loving and omnipotent God with pain and suffering. Some have felt that it is useful to read it together with A Grief Observed, Lewis' reflections on his own experiences of grief and anguish upon the death of his wife. In addition to dealing with human pain, however, the book also contains a chapter entitled "Animal Pain," demonstrating not only the fact that Lewis cast his net wider than human suffering, but also a reflection on a lifelong love of animals. Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, lay theologian and Christian apologist. He is best known for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain.
Author Gregory Schulz speaks as a Christian father, sharing the very personal, difficult struggle of dealing with years of pain, suffering, and questions. As he shares his struggle, he bares his soul with a jarring honesty seldom heard in the church. His protest is against "God's abusive actions," and it rings true to anyone who's suffering of body or spirit.
Suffering is a philosophical problem, but it is much more. It is deeply personal. Why is this happening to me? How can I respond to friends and family in pain and loss, and to people in my care? Richard Rice guides readers through the seven most significant theodicies—approaches that have been used to make sense of suffering in light of God's justice or control. He considers the strengths and weaknesses of each option, while always guiding us toward greater understanding and compassion. Rice goes further by offering guidelines for constructing a personal framework for dealing practically with suffering, one that draws from philosophy, ethics, theology and real-world experience. Intending for each of us to find a response to our suffering that is both intellectually satisfying and personally authentic, Rice provides the resources for meeting this challenge. He weaves together the theoretical side of the theodicies with personal stories of people who have experienced great suffering. While no framework can perfectly account for the problem of pain, we are left with the overarching insight that suffering never has the final word.
Pain and suffering can bring a new understanding of God's majesty, goodness, and plan for us. While few will ever suffer to the extreme that Job did, his character and his dealings with God can bring light to our own pain and to the suffering of others. This thoughtful study of the book of Job explains the positive effects pain can produce in our lives. It also show us how not to deal with those who are suffering. With characteristic insight, Chambers discusses and reveals the inadequacy of our myths of self-sufficiency and eternal optimism.