By Gregory Stevenson
An advent to the literary and theological message of Revelation utilizing the themes of evil and pain as a conceptual organizer, which supplies readers a right away connection among this historical textual content and their lives.
Although usually learn as a ebook of esoteric visions in regards to the finish of time, the booklet of Revelation is admittedly some of the most correct books within the Bible for Christian religion within the twenty-first century. Evil and soreness are an unavoidable element of human event they usually generate a number of questions by means of these looking to be devoted in the middle of such reports. Why do Christians endure? How are we to appreciate God's sovereignty in a global of injustice, violence, and competition? what's the acceptable reaction of religion to this type of world?
In ''A Slaughtered Lamb,'' Greg Stevenson argues that the e-book of Revelation addresses such questions and the stress that's created among our religion and our studies of evil and discomfort. revelation is a booklet that reminds us that God is trustworthy to his construction, that demanding situations us to soak up the decision for trustworthy witness in a antagonistic international, and that unearths to us that God's fundamental reaction to evil and agony is to satisfy us within the kind of a slaughtered lamb.
Ideal to be used as a faculty textbook for undergraduate/graduate scholars, as a source for pastors/ministry leaders, and as an creation to revelation for lay people.
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Extra resources for A Slaughtered Lamb: Revelation and the Apocalyptic Response to Evil and Suffering
Rather, Revelation’s narrative is generated by the distinct historical circumstances of John’s audience in the first-century Roman Empire. One function of Revelation’s narrative is to encourage John’s audience to understand their place within the larger scheme, to interpret the culture in which they live and the experiences that they face in light of God’s larger plan for his creation. In this sense, Revelation’s primary focus is not the future, but the present. The future-oriented language of Revelation actually functions to illuminate the present.
A second danger of the myth of pure evil is that it blinds us to our own potential complicity in evil. Evil becomes something that is done to us, never something we ourselves perpetrate. We are always the innocent victims. When used to immunize ourselves against any responsibility for evil, this perspective becomes a dangerous self-deception. Acceptance of the validity of evil as a category of human experience must be further tempered by the recognition that human beings are notoriously fallible when it comes to identifying evil.
One such rule was that a young, newly married Christian devoting his life to mission work did not drown in front of his new wife. The problem, however, was that my conception of how God and the world worked was faulty. 2 Other times experiences of evil and suffering can generate a distorted view of God. C. S. Lewis, following the death of his wife, writes of the challenge facing him: “Not that I am (I think) in much danger of ceasing to believe in God. ”3 When experience and faith come into conflict, it is often faith that proves more malleable.