神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,
不至灭亡,反得永生。(约3:16).

双语灵修丨葛培理布道团:苦难问题(2019.08.08)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2019年08月08日 14:33

我谨守他的道,并不偏离(伯23:11)。

I have kept His way and not turned aside. Job 23:11

有些圣经学者认为《约伯记》是圣经中最早的一本书。不管这个结论是否正确,至少是这本书在回答人类很久以前就一直在问的问题:为什么天父允许苦难的发生?

这个问题不容易回答的,因为这涉及到我们内心深处对神的理解。毕竟,一个慈爱的有恩典的天父,怎么会让苦难降临?“换言之,如果神刻意要让我们受苦,他一定不是真爱我们。”显然,因着我们的信,这个结论是绝对错误的。天父神一定是爱我们的证据就是他舍下独生儿子耶稣,让他在十字架上受了苦。

那么,到底如何回答刚才那个古老的问题?关键是,我们对神的本性的理解。那正是约伯所发现的。天父神,没有给约伯一个符合逻辑、完整的答案,为什么(象他那样的义人)人也会受苦。但是,正是经过他的苦难,约伯才真正意识到天父神是值得信靠的,因为他是怜悯的,他是慈爱的。

你也可以信靠他不是因为他总是会给我们所有的答案而是因为:他是天父神。

Some scholars think Job may be the oldest book in the Bible. Whether that is true or not, it certainly deals with one of humanity’s oldest questions: why does God allow suffering?

It isn’t and easy issue, because it goes to the heart of our deepest questions about God. After all (the argument runs), how could a loving and gracious God allow suffering? To put it in another way, if God lets us suffer, He must not love us. But that conclusion is false. God does love us-and the proof is the suffering He allowed to endure on the Cross.

What, then, is the answer to this age-old question? The key is to understand the character of God. That is what Job discovered. No, God never gave him a logical, complete answer for his suffering. But through his experience he came to realize that God could be trusted, because He is merciful and loving. And you can trust Him too-not because He always gives us the answers, but simply because He is God.


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