Date(s) - 20/02/2021
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Pain and Suffering, God and the Bible: Where’s the Truth?
A Listening to God Online Event
Led by Dr Kate Distin
“Why did God let this happen?”
Many of us will have asked this question at one time or another, whether about global events like the coronavirus pandemic or about more personal situations like bereavement or illness. How, in the midst of life’s storms, are we to make sense of what the Bible says about God’s goodness and love? At times when our pain, fear and despair feel more real to us than God does, how can we be sure that He is really there, really cares and can really do anything about any of it?
Here at The Well, part of our Vision is to offer teaching events that equip people to discover for themselves the truth about who God is and the difference that He makes. We are therefore delighted that The Well is now able to offer this Listening to God conference called Pain and Suffering, God and the Bible: Where’s the Truth?
Dr Kate Distin’s background is in Philosophy, but she has for many years combined her academic work as an author and speaker with a range of pastoral, ministry and teaching roles. Her latest book seeks to equip people to think through life’s big questions for themselves.
“Too many ‘solutions’ to the traditional problem of evil require us to accept that suffering isn’t really as bad as we think. The Bible, in contrast, acknowledges the deep anguish of our hurting world, and claims to offer a solution that brings healing, peace and hope. It says that God is good, and nothing harmful ever comes from Him. It invites us to pour out our hearts to Him, and to take seriously His promises to those who believe in Him through Jesus. It says that when we build our lives on those truths, no storm’s destructive power will ever be sufficient to shake us.
“But how can we know whether any of this is true? There is, of course, something deeply counter-intuitive about the suggestion that a loving God could permit such terrible suffering, and there is no doubt that this is a reason why many people reject, modify or live with doubts about the existence and nature of God. But is it right to allow pain and distress to trump all other considerations in this way? This Listening to God event will unpack the Biblical account of suffering, and equip you to reach your own conclusions about its truth and power.”
The schedule for this online meeting will include:
- an explanation of why the real problem of suffering is not as it is usually presented;
- a Biblical account of evil and suffering;
- some pointers to ways in which we can assess for ourselves what the Bible says about all this;
- opportunities for reflection and response.