Mushy ideas about his righteousness spread wrong questions and bad theology.

For the past two decades, our writers and poets have asked questions with an angst that spreads feelings of despair throughout the culture. Only recently, with the Olympics and re-election of President Reagan and various psycho-sociological factors, has there been talk of a “mood swing” to more optimistic spirits. But it is far short of a fundamental change. Suicides continue. Confusion remains. The questions have been shoved aside or papered over.

How can a God of love possibly allow so much starvation, torture, and murder? Where is justice? For decades, books, movies, and plays—from Sand Pebbles to A Long Day’s Journey into Night—flung such questions at us.

In a nation that largely believes in God, questions about what is seen as his general malfeasance in running his world hang heavily beneath the veneer of the new optimism. “Why doesn’t God …? How can God?”

The only answers come in understanding the true nature of God and his dealings with man. Mushy ideas about God’s love and righteousness create the wrong questions and spread bad theology throughout the culturea bad theology that generates specific and damaging results.

A. W. Tozer has dealt with this subject magnificently in his classic work, The Knowledge of the Holy. We have excerpted three chapters crucial to our understanding of God in today’s context: The Justice of God, The Love of God, and The Holiness of God. The reader is cautioned to read and study slowly and thoughtfully these pivotal truths that, in the words of Carl F. H. Henry’s review of the book, are “a reason for the hope within us.” ...

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