Why Does God’s Creation Include Death & Suffering?

Written by Dr. Tommy Mitchell
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  • Format: Booklet
  • Dimensions: 3.5" x 5.5"
  • Length: 24 pages
  • Technicality: Layman
  • Ages: 12 and up
  • Publisher: Answers in Genesis
  • Published: 2006
  • SKU: 00-1-035

Why do bad things happen? Each day brings new tragedy and man’s usual response is to blame God. Is this the proper response? Is God responsible for human suffering? In this powerful booklet, Dr. Mitchell provides the answers to these questions and more.

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Why do bad things happen? Through the ages, human beings have sought to reconcile their understanding of an all-powerful, loving God with the seemingly endless suffering around them. Each day brings new tragedy. A small child is diagnosed with leukemia and undergoes extensive medical treatment only to die in his mother’s arms. A newlywed couple is killed by a drunk driver as they leave for their honeymoon. A faithful missionary family is attacked and killed by the very people they were ministering to. Thousands are killed in a terrorist attack. Hundreds drown in a tsunami, while scores of others are buried in an earthquake.

Man’s usual response to tragedy is to blame God. Is this the proper response? Is God responsible for human suffering? Is God cruel, capricious, and vindictive, or is He too weak to prevent suffering? If God truly is sovereign, how can He let someone He loves suffer? In this powerful booklet, Dr. Tommy Mitchell provides the answers to these questions and more, ending with a detailed presentation of the gospel.

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Dr. Tommy Mitchell

Dr. Tommy Mitchell Dr. Tommy Mitchell is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He received his MD in 1984 and completed his residency in internal medicine in 1987. For 20 years he practiced medicine in his hometown of Gallatin, Tennessee. Dr. Mitchell has been active in creation ministry for many years. He felt the Lord's call to full-time service, and in 2007 he withdrew from the active practice of medicine to join AiG as a full-time speaker and writer.

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