God Suffers for Us

As long as there is evil in the world, God suffers because of His nature to participate in the world. Relton seems to connect both divine suffering and human sin too closely. “He is suffering now. Why? Because we continue to sin.

Author: J.Y. Lee

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401020480

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, writing in his cell in a Nazi prison, expressed a most remarkable idea. "Men go to God in His need. " This is the insight, he observed, which distinguishes the Christian faith from all other religions. It is a universal belief that God, or the gods, should come to help man in his mortal, human need. But this is not the God and Father of Jesus Christ. Even as Jesus in Gethsemane chided his disciples for their sloth in not keeping watch with him during his agony, so God the Father must look to His creatures for their faith and sympathy. Therein lies the basis for the Christian answer to man kind's perennial complaint: Why do men suffer? Not all theologians, believing Christians, or believers in a personal God can share this idea. Traditionally the Eastern Orthodox thinkers have adhered to the rule of apophatic theology: that is, there are boundaries of knowledge about God which the human mind, even when enlightened by revelation, cannot cross. So who can say that God the Eternal One is susceptible to what we call suffering? It is better to hold one's silence on so deep a mystery. Still others are loathe to acknowledge God's passibility for varying reasons. God is ultimate and perfect; therefore he cannot know suffering or other emotions. God is impersonal; therefore it is meaningless to ascribe personal, anthro popathic feelings to Him. Many angels may fear to tread on the ground of this most difficult question.
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The Holy Trinity God for God and God for Us

in 1974, being based on his ThD thesis, he extensively and deeply dealt with the theme of God's passibility in his book God Suffers for Us: A Systematic Inquiry into a Concept of Divine Passibility.109 According to Lee, the nature of ...

Author: Chung-Hyun Baik

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725245211

Category: Religion

Page: 234

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In this important book, Chung-Hyun Baik explores one of the central issues in contemporary Trinitarian theology: the relationship between the economic and immanent Trinity. Engaging a wide variety of Trinitarian theologians and contemporary philosophers, Baik offers a vital analysis of the ontological and epistemological issues that bear on a proper understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity. Noting that the meaning of mystery in the New Testament is Jesus Christ himself, Baik argues that, in order to rightly approach the question of the relationship between the immanent and the economic Trinity, it is necessary to understand the mystery of the divine being as centered in Christ himself. Moreover, Christ is not merely a device for resolving epistemological or ontological tensions, but rather the fullness of the divine mystery, and as such, must be determinative of all such theological and philosophical questions.
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Our Only Hope

Moltmann explains that “if a person once feels the infinite passion of God's love which finds expression here, then he understands the mystery of the triune God. God suffers with us—God suffers from us—God suffers for us: it is this ...

Author: Margaret B. Adam

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781621898221

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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The most popular source of theological hope for American Christians is that of Jurgen Moltmann. Preachers, teachers, and lay people reflect Moltmann's influence, with their hope in a this-worldly eschatology and a suffering God. However, an exclusive reliance on that hope deprives the church of crucial resources in the face of global economic, environmental, and military crises. This book explores Moltmannian hope and considers its costs before looking elsewhere for additional contributions, from Thomas Aquinas's theological virtue of hope to nihilism and beyond, in order to encourage the church to sustain and practice hope in Jesus Christ, our only hope.
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To suffer and to die. To never threaten our freedom, never coerce or force us to respond, but to share what it is to be human. God shares our pain, our sorrow, our anger, our loneliness, our abandonment, even death itself.

Author: Stephen Cottrell

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781399805261

Category: Religion

Page: 124

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In the Gospel of Mark's account of the Passion narrative, Jesus calls out from the cross 'Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?' which is the Aramaic for 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' - the first line of Psalm 22. It's an anguished expression - traditionally ascribed to King David - of defeat, failure, abandonment and despair. This series of reflections, written for Lent and Holy Week 2023 by the Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell, ponders the significance of these words. What does it mean for Jesus to have quoted them, at the very end of his life? What do those words mean for us? This is a beautiful and compelling exploration of the dark, suffering side of the Passion - and how Jesus' words lead us to the greatest hope of all.
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Christian Theology

God suffers for us and with us, an idea that the encyclical refers to as con-solatio (“suffering alongside”). The Christian faith has shown us that truth, justice and love are not simply ideals, but enormously weighty realities.

Author: Alister E. McGrath

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118874431

Category: Religion

Page: 528

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Christian Theology: An Introduction, one of the most internationally-acclaimed Christian theology textbooks in use, has been completely rewritten for the 6th edition. It now features new and extended material and companion resources, ensuring it retains its reputation as the ideal introduction for students. A new edition of the bestselling Christian theology textbook to celebrate its 25th anniversary Rewritten throughout for exceptional clarity and accessibility, and adds substantial new material on the Holy Spirit Features increased coverage of postcolonial theology, and feminist theology, and prodigious development of world theology Increases the focus on contemporary theology to complement the excellent coverage of historical material A new 2-color design includes more pedagogical features including textboxes and sidebars to aid learning
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Thomas F Torrance

And he unequivocally rejects Patripassianism while arguing that God suffers Godforsakenness, hell, sin and evil all out of love for us. In his words: Torrance, The Doctrine of Jesus Christ, p. 163. 37 What Christ did and suffered for us ...

Author: Paul D. Molnar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317010470

Category: Religion

Page: 423

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This book provides an important study of the theology of Thomas F. Torrance, who is generally considered to have been one of the most significant theologians writing in English during the twentieth century, with a view toward showing how his theological method and all his major doctrinal views were shaped by his understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity. Torrance pursued a theology that was realist because he attempted to think in accordance with the unique nature of the object that is known. In holding to such a methodology, he drew an analogy between theology and natural science. This book demonstrates how, for Torrance, God relates with humanity within time and space so that creation finds its meaning in relation to God and not in itself; this enabled him to avoid many theological pitfalls such as agnosticism, subjectivism and dualism while explaining the positive implications of various Christian doctrines in a penetrating and compelling manner. This book offers an important resource for students of theology and for scholars who are interested in seeing how serious dogmatic theology shapes and should shape our understanding of the Christian life.
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The Calling of the Church in Times of Polarization

The authors appreciate the value of a Suffering God theology, because of its shared aspect, in that God suffers with us and the cross creates relationship and community where relationship has been lost.35 They also consider the active ...


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004527652

Category: Religion

Page: 408

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This volume addresses polarizations within societies as well as within churches, and asks the question: given these dynamics, what may be the calling of the church? In particular the role, meaning and potential of the Reformed theological tradition is assessed.
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The Dark Womb

35 So where bad things happen and people suffer, the recourse from Johnson's argument, as indeed it is from so many other theological arguments that try to make sense of suffering, is to make a turn to solidarity. God suffers with us ...

Author: Karen O'Donnell

Publisher: SCM Press

ISBN: 9780334060956

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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The experience of reproductive loss raises a series of profoundly theological questions: how can God have a plan for my life? Why didn’t God answer my prayers? How can I have hope after such an experience? Who am I after such a loss? Sadly, these are questions that, along with reproductive loss, have largely been ignored in theology. Karen O’Donnell tackles these questions head on, drawing on her own experiences of repeated reproductive loss as she re-conceives theology from the perspective of the miscarrying person. Offering a fresh, original, and creative approach to theology, O’Donnell explores the complexity of the miscarrying body and its potential for theological revelation. She offers a re-conception of theologies of providence, prayer, hope, and the body as she reimagines theology out of these messy origins. This book is for those who have experiences such losses and those who minister to them. But it is also for all those who want to encounter a creative and imaginative approach to theology and the life of faith in our messy, complex world.
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Tragic Sense of Life

God is revealed to us because He suffers and because we suffer; because He suffers He demands our love, and because we suffer He gives us His love, and He covers our anguish with the eternal and infinite anguish.

Author: Miguel de Unamuno

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486119755

Category: Philosophy

Page: 368

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The acknowledged masterpiece of one of Spain's most influential thinkers. Between despair and the desire for something better, Unamuno finds that "saving incertitude" that alone can console us.
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