Overcoming Evil (Guinness)

(This is a re-post from September 2010. I wanted to put it up here again since I’ve been listening to The Brothers Karamazov.)

Os Guinness:

“For Christians who believe that Jesus is kinsman redeemer and Messiah, their faith centers on a scandal that no time can rub smooth and no triumphs ever soften: A tortured criminal spread-eagled and naked on the instrument of his execution – for our sake.  The God whom Jesus shows on the cross is one who defeats evil by letting it do its very worst to him and then overcoming it.”

“It was this cross that took Dostoevsky to faith through ‘the hellfire of doubt.’  Gazing at the suffering Jesus as he stood in front of Hans Holbein’s Descent from the Cross, he realized the painted scene was more than graphic realism.  It was a window into the reality of the universe.  If God’s Son suffered like this, there could be redemption in the world.  As Alyosha says in The Brothers Karamazov, ‘I do not know the answer to the problem of evil, but I do know love.'”

Os Guinness’ The Long Journey Home (Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 2001), 106.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015