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Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2015
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Why Jesus?: Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed SpiritualityRavi ZachariasFaithWords / 2012 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 44 Reviews
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Why Me? And Why That's The Wrong Question: A Godly View of SufferingJim DavisACU Press / 2013 / Trade Paperback$7.99 Retail:
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Why, O God? Suffering and Disability in the Bible and the ChurchLarry WatersCrossway / 2011 / Trade Paperback$13.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Ravi Zacharias is the Founder and President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Austria, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children. He is the author of many books, including Can Man Live Without God and Why Jesus?
Dr. Vince Vitale is Director of the Zacharias Institute. He was educated at Princeton University and the University of Oxford, and later taught philosophy of religion as a faculty member at both universities. During his undergraduate studies at Princeton, Dr. Vitale took an unexpected journey that led him to God. Later, while at Oxford, he developed a new response the problem of evil. This response--termed the Non-Identity Defense--is discussed in his and Ravi Zacharias's previous book, Why Suffering? He is married to Jo, who also works for RZIM
Logoslover3 Stars Out Of 5Eve is blamed again?December 7, 2017LogosloverQuality: 0Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2I apologize beforehand for the length of this review, but there was really no way to make my comment shorter and fully explain myself.
I purchased this book after reading "Jesus Among Other Gods". I was looking forward to reading more by Mr. Zacharias. Unfortunately, while most of the book is interesting, it has a part that caused me disappointment.
In Chapter 2, under the section titled "What Is The Story" the text is dealing with the origin of sin. One paragraph opens up with the words, "Why did we walk away from the love of God?" "WE" did not walk away - ADAM did through his disobedience to God's direction to HIM in Genesis 2:16-17. "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, 'Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." God said this to ADAM before Eve was even created. It made it appear that God was going to hold Adam into account for HIS actions, more so then Eve. Adam was to be the leader.
In the rest of that section it is made to appear that the entrance of sin into the world was begun by Eve. The authors don't say this explicitly, but the inference is there. In my opinion as a woman, and as one who is listening to the news related to all of the women part of the #METOO movement, and having personally heard men justify their bad behavior towards women based on the face that EVE is at fault by being a 'temptress, manipulator and deceiver' - this is why sin entered into the world because of a bad woman.
I think it would have been much wiser if this section was more thorough in explaining that it was in fact Adam - through HIS rebellion and disobedience - that sin (and suffering) entered into the world, and that humankind inherited this because of his actions. St. Paul in Romans 5:12 says, "When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned." (NLT).
As apologists, who are trying to reach non-believers, I think that Mr. Vitale and Mr. Zacharias should be more comprehensive in how they explain what happened after the Tempter asked Eve, "Did God really say that?" Why didn't ADAM speak up and say, "Yes, God DID say that - to ME!". Instead, it appears that Adam didn't have Eve's back and allowed her to be tempted. On top of that he went along with it, then tried to blame it all on her. In Genesis 3:16 it says, "She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it." It doesn't look like Adam made any effort NOT to eat of the fruit, despite what God had told him directly, and after listening to the Tempter try to fool his wife.
I don't want to sound like I am a "man hater" for I am not at all. I just think it would have been wiser, and a better witness to non-believers (especially women) to show them what the real story was. Eve wanted to be "wise" like God (who doesn't want to be wise?). Adam apparently just wanted to eat, without thinking of the consequences. Both Adam and Eve are ultimately responsible for their actions, but in my opinion, it all started because Adam didn't stand firm in his obedience to God. Throughout scripture men are called and encouraged to be good leaders, managers and have be a good influence on their family. Adam failed in this. Unfortunately, too much pain and suffering of all sorts are created by rebellious men. Women have a part in it, but to a greater extent men do. Thankfully, God sent Jesus Christ his son - the second Adam - to give us hope and a way back to a right relationship with God through faith and the Holy Spirit (our Advocate and Helper).
StonePAAge: 45-54Gender: male2 Stars Out Of 5Too PhilosophicalJanuary 10, 2016StonePAAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 2Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1I was expecting so much more with the majority of five-star ratings. The last two chapters were more practical than the others but I don't it's worth buying for just those two chapters. If you are getting ready to debate someone on the reasons for suffering then this is a good resource. If you are hoping for some comfort in your own suffering this book will not provide answers that satisfy you.
ButchFloridaAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Why Suffering: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn't Make SenseMarch 30, 2015ButchFloridaAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Why Suffering" is the best many books on suffering that I have read. I think "Why Suffering", except for Ravi Zacharias' autobiography, is his best book. Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale give multiple answers to "Why Suffering", but I think their thesis and bottom line is that the answer to "Why Suffering" is a person and not a proposition. This is refreshing in a culture where the bottom line answer is often "The Sovereignty of God" which by itself can be cold, cruel and uncaring. "Why Suffering" underscores that faith and reason, head and heart, God's power and love are married, and through the person and work of Jesus Christ give us a meaningful answer to the question of ages. Thank you Ravi and Vince.
MikeRhinebeck, NYAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Reaching the heartMarch 27, 2015MikeRhinebeck, NYAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with why suffering. They don't provide a final solution, but they provide enough insight to help clarify any of our questions.
Kellie Daspit-austinAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Always exceeds my expectationsMarch 17, 2015Kellie Daspit-austinAge: 35-44Gender: female- amazing author who speaks truth!