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By Willie Elliott

If God Is Good

By Randy Alcorn

When I saw the title If God Is Good. I knew the question would be, then why is there so much sin and suffering in this world. To paraphrase a country song, God didn't promise us a rose Garden.

In Isaiah 45:7 King James Version (KJV) God says, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things. It would appear that God is the father of evil." After reading this book, the reader is more likely to accept the fact that God did not create evil and is not the author of confusion. In fact the author asserts that “to take up our cross means to suffer daily."

Even if you are one of those persons who can not get over the fact that a world ruled by a loving God has so much pain, suffering and sin, read the book. It may not change your mind, but it will cause you to look at the problem with a different perspective.

Philosophers have pondered this question through the ages so don't flog yourself if this negative idea pops in your head.

The author's explanation can be accepted easily enough until your beautiful has suffered through cancer and died. Even the most faithful of us are likely to ask, “Why me and my baby?” This is one reason you need to read this book.

The book is arranged nicely. The content pages list the eleven sections so the reader can quickly find the part needs for clarification/opinion from the author. Eventually the reader should read all of the book even if it takes a long time to do so.

If you have a well-read Christian friend (which I do), have a discussion with him/her. After all as good as this book is, it is one man's opinion backed up by history and scriptures. If you are, as we say a member of the choir, enlarge your understanding of this paradox so you can better help your fellow members a little better.

I leave with these two thoughts: God isn't the author of evil, but he is the author of the story that includes evil and Though evil had no part in God's original creation, it was part of his original plan,

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