Flood, Plagues, Wars... and a Loving God?
God has endured rejection, contempt, spitting, beatings, crown of thorns, and spear to His side and He was nailed to the cross and resurrected for our sakes. He did so for the salvation of every individual on this planet, saint and murderer alike. Yes, even the murderer! What Great Love! This Love is remarkably noticeable in the New Testament, especially in the gospels, where one can only imagine an All-Patient, All-Caring, All-Loving God that willingly gives His priceless life for us, His weak creation. On the other hand, a quick glimpse at the Old Testament could easily distort this image and lead some people to believe that the Old Testament God is quite unloving or even cruel. How can the God that commands to give the other cheek allow for someone to be stoned because of a sin? How can God that asks to bless those who curse us, allow the flood to annihilate the people that He supposedly cares for? How is it possible that the same God that felt sympathy for the hungry five thousand men in addition to their families utterly destroy Sodom and Gomorrah in one night? Tough questions indeed! However, by the Grace of God, this book was written to appease the reader, answer these questions and develop our understanding of the Old Testament. Fr. Gabriel Wissa
Revision & Introduction by H.G. Bishop Youssef:
We must know well that "The Lord is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works" (Psalm 145:17). Notice the word all in this verse which emphasizes well the comprehensiveness and the absoluteness of God's love, righteousness and mercies.
This book is written to emphasize this truth about God by removing any confusion about the exact real reasons lying behind the dilemmas that seem to be cruel and that puzzle man in all generations.
I pray God to bless its author, Father Gabriel Wissa, who, guided by the Holy Spirit, felt the importance of tackling such a confusing topic and made a great effort to explain and simplify some of the difficult passages of the Holy Bible. I also pray the Holy Spirit to enlighten the mind of every reader of this book, and to give him a deeper knowledge about the loving nature of the almighty God to whom is glory forever Amen.