By Gregory Stevenson
An advent to the literary and theological message of Revelation utilizing the subjects of evil and ache as a conceptual organizer, which gives readers an instantaneous connection among this historical textual content and their lives.
Although frequently learn as a e-book of esoteric visions in regards to the finish of time, the booklet of Revelation is really the most suitable books within the Bible for Christian religion within the twenty-first century. Evil and agony are an unavoidable part of human adventure and so they generate a number of questions via these trying to be devoted in the course of such stories. Why do Christians endure? How are we to appreciate God's sovereignty in a global of injustice, violence, and competition? what's the applicable reaction of religion to the sort of world?
In ''A Slaughtered Lamb,'' Greg Stevenson argues that the publication of Revelation addresses such questions and the strain that's created among our religion and our reviews of evil and anguish. revelation is a publication that reminds us that God is trustworthy to his construction, that demanding situations us to soak up the decision for trustworthy witness in a adverse global, and that unearths to us that God's basic reaction to evil and discomfort is to fulfill us within the type 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 advent to revelation for lay individuals.
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It forces their eyes open to the true nature of the empire with which they have compromised themselves. In the same way, a person’s own experiences with evil and suffering today affect how that person interprets Revelation. ”8 the violent imagery, he says, lends credence to the view that power, not love, is the supreme value in the universe. Consequently, he proposes a reading of Revelation that neutralizes the violent imagery by subverting it in the interest of love. ”10 By contrast Allan Boesak reads Revelation from the perspective of one who has been “arrested, threatened, imprisoned in solitary confinement .
Unnecessarily equating evil and suffering creates a web of distortion that extends into several aspects of Christian thought. When all suffering becomes characterized as evil, the goodness of God comes into question as one struggles to reconcile scriptural declarations of God’s goodness with the image of a God who creates human beings with the capacity to suffer, who creates a world with the potential for suffering, and who at times generates human suffering, be it through a collapsing sea or a devastating plague (Ex.
Human beings often fail to recognize accurately the evil within others and within themselves. According to the myth of pure evil, evil is obvious and unambiguous. The reality, though, is that people are often blind to the evil that is in their midst, while at other times they misidentify evil due to the same personal, cultural, political, and social influences that affect all interpretation. Furthermore, good and evil may coexist within the same person or situation. These mitigating factors, however, do not negate the validity of evil as a concept.
A Slaughtered Lamb: Revelation and the Apocalyptic Response to Evil and Suffering by Gregory Stevenson