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

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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