A God Great and Transcendent Enough to Be Mad At

If you have a God great and transcendent enough to be mad at because he hasn’t stopped evil and suffering in the world, then you have (at the same moment) a God great and transcendent enough to have good reasons for allowing it to continue that you can’t know.

– Tim Keller, Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, copyright 2008, page 25


The Promises of Scripture

The promises of Scripture may very roughly be reduced to five heads.  It is promised (1) that we shall be with Christ; (2) that we shall be like Him; (3) with an enormous wealth of imagery, that we shall have “glory”; (4) that we shall, in some sense, be fed or feasted or entertained; and (5) that we shall have some sort of official position in the universe – ruling cities, judging angels, being pillars of God’s temple.  The first question I ask about these promises is “Why any one of them except the first?”

– C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, copyright 1949, 1976, page 34