Knowing God – Chapter 16

In this chapter, Packer balances the attributes of God’s goodness and severity. I found it interesting how Packer suggests that the problem of evil was a non-issue until the proliferation of liberal theology. Even today, a quick glance on YouTube or online forums will show many people questioning how a good God can allow so much evil in the world. Throughout the Bible, God has always showed Himself as being both merciful and just at the same time. Packer implies that to deny these two qualities would be to reject God for who He is and declare Christ’s death to pointless. Looking at our own salvation, we can attest to the fact that it is God’s grace (His mercy) that has saved us from His wrath (His justice).

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