Why Suffering??? Parts 1-3

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

One of the most common criticism of Christianity is the question “If God exists, then why is there suffering in the world?” Scripture teaches that God is loving and benevolent, such as Psalm 86:15, which says: “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”[1] Yet there is still an abundance of suffering and hardship in the world, and to many people there is no way to reconcile a loving God with a world full of pain and despair. Continue reading “Why Suffering??? Parts 1-3”

Why Suffering??? Part III

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

One of the most common criticism of Christianity is the question “If God exists, then why is there suffering in the world?” Scripture teaches that God is loving and benevolent, such as Psalm 86:15, which says: “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”[1] Yet there is still an abundance of suffering and hardship in the world, and to many people there is no way to reconcile a loving God with a world full of pain and despair. Continue reading “Why Suffering??? Part III”

Why Suffering??? Part II

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

One of the most common criticism of Christianity is the question “If God exists, then why is there suffering in the world?” Scripture teaches that God is loving and benevolent, such as Psalm 86:15, which says: “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”[1] Yet there is still an abundance of suffering and hardship in the world, and to many people there is no way to reconcile a loving God with a world full of pain and despair. Continue reading “Why Suffering??? Part II”

Saving Jaguars

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

Theology & Culture

In a story from Reuters scientists work to preserve jaguars, which are a species that is on the brink of extinction. There are only two hundred jaguars left in the wild, and scientists in Argentina recently caught one in order to extract DNA samples. “The 11-year-old jaguar called Tango could be the key to preserving the species for future generations,”[1] says scientist Adrian Sestelo. Scientists are working with conservation groups in order to protect the small population of jaguars left in the wild. Continue reading “Saving Jaguars”

Why Suffering??? Part I

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

One of the most common criticism of Christianity is the question “If God exists, then why is there suffering in the world?” Scripture teaches that God is loving and benevolent, such as Psalm 86:15, which says: “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”[1] Yet there is still an abundance of suffering and hardship in the world, and to many people there is no way to reconcile a loving God with a world full of pain and despair. Continue reading “Why Suffering??? Part I”

Why Suffering???

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

For the next three days I will discuss three aspects of suffering that are often misunderstood, and thus make it difficult for the Christian to endure suffering as instructed in scripture. Romans 5 says this:

[1] Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. [2] Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. [3] Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, [4] and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, [5] and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5 ESV)

I will address God’s love, God’s timing, and the Christian Life as they relate to suffering. Please give your feedback, thoughts, criticisms, etc. It is much appreciated.

The False Divide

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

In Peter Brown’s Augustine of Hippo the chapter titled “Populus Dei” the reader is taken into Augustine’s congregation. Even more than that, the reader is taken into the minds, attitudes, and lives of Augustine’s congregation and the culture that surrounds them. Interestingly enough, the problems present in late fourth century North Africa are very similar to the problems facing the Church, at least in the U.S., today. Continue reading “The False Divide”

Weak Christians

Written By Victor Stanley Jr.

In Harmless’ Augustine: In His Own Words chapter 3, of particular interest to me is an excerpt from St. Augustine’s Sermon 279. This excerpt deals with what Harmless calls ‘suspicious conversions,’ and specifically with the conversion of a man named Faustinus. According to Harmless Christianity had become the major religion in North Africa in the late fourth-century, and great pressure was placed on pagans to convert. Continue reading “Weak Christians”

Forming Creation

Written By Victor Stanley Jr.

In Book XII of St. Augustine’s autobiography Confessions, the Bishop of Hippo seeks to discuss Heaven and Earth. Specifically in chapters two through eight Augustine deals with the idea of God endowing what he calls ‘formless matter’ with form. Throughout this section he seems to borrow heavily from Plato’s ideas of what are known as The Forms; for Plato these ‘forms’ are eternally existing, they are independent of the mind, they are transcendent i.e. non-spatial and non-temporal, they are intelligible, and they are perfect. Continue reading “Forming Creation”