Torn to Heal: God’s Good Purpose in Suffering

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God is radically dedicated to our redemption. This is both glorious and terrifying. It is terrifying because we are idolaters. This means that when God brings redemption he also brings a death sentence to our fallen desires. In love, God will do whatever it takes—even ripping us to shreds if necessary—to replace our feeble pleasures with lasting desire for himself.

Sadly, in our culture two fatal responses to suffering have crept into the Church: deadly dualism and shallow stoicism, both of which seek to hijack God’s good purpose in suffering. Torn to Heal is an invitation to embrace God’s good purpose in suffering, while urging its readers to reject these deadly enemies.