By Gregory Stevenson
An advent to the literary and theological message of Revelation utilizing the themes of evil and soreness as a conceptual organizer, which gives readers an instantaneous connection among this historic textual content and their lives.
Although usually learn as a e-book of esoteric visions concerning the finish of time, the e-book of Revelation is de facto the most appropriate books within the Bible for Christian religion within the twenty-first century. Evil and discomfort are an unavoidable section of human event they usually generate a bunch of questions through these looking to be devoted in the middle of such studies. Why do Christians undergo? 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 sort of world?
In ''A Slaughtered Lamb,'' Greg Stevenson argues that the booklet of Revelation addresses such questions and the stress that's created among our religion and our reports of evil and soreness. revelation is a e-book that reminds us that God is devoted to his production, that demanding situations us to absorb the decision for devoted witness in a antagonistic international, and that finds to us that God's fundamental reaction to evil and soreness is to satisfy us within the kind of a slaughtered lamb.
Ideal to be used as a school 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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Extra info for A Slaughtered Lamb: Revelation and the Apocalyptic Response to Evil and Suffering
Lewis in this film is shared by all who have found their sheltered claims of faith requiring reevaluation in the light of their experience. Faith and experience often stand in tension. Classic Christian faith asserts that God is all-powerful, just, benevolent, and good. From those fundamental assertions, we naturally draw assumptions about how the world should be. A world under the sovereign rule of such a deity should be a place where the righteous prosper, where justice prevails, where evil holds no sway, and where incomprehensible suffering has no place.
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 .
The message itself may or may not deal with the future. When a prophet’s message does address the future, however, it is always in service to the present. Another important feature of John’s conception of prophecy is that prophecy for him is all about Christ. ” This statement can be taken at least two ways, which are not mutually exclusive. One way to read this statement is that prophecy witnesses about Jesus, that it points to the role of Jesus in the plan of God as worked out in history. A second way to read John’s statement is that the message of Jesus and the pattern of his life are the power that animates prophetic witness.
A Slaughtered Lamb: Revelation and the Apocalyptic Response to Evil and Suffering by Gregory Stevenson