Time for a Great Quote: J.B. Phillips on Suffering

10 Oct

“Frankly, I do not know who started the idea that if men serve God and live their lives to please him then he will protect them by special intervention from pain, suffering, misfortune, and the persecution of evil men. We need look no further than the recorded life of Jesus Christ himself to see that even the most perfect human life does not secure such divine protection. It seems to me that a great deal of misunderstanding and mental suffering could be avoided if this erroneous idea were exposed and abandoned. . . . The idea that if a man pleases God then God will especially shield him, belongs to the dim twilight of religion and not to Christianity at all.” (J.B. Phillips, God Our Contemporary)


Posted by on October 10, 2016 in suffering


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2 responses to “Time for a Great Quote: J.B. Phillips on Suffering

  1. petervedder

    October 11, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Recently saw a sermon by Andy Stanley in which he talked about the gods of the No Testament. People have these ideas of what God is like that are opposed to what he actually is like. One of the false ideas is the “bodyguard god” who will always protect us from harm if we follow him. What gave Christians this idea? Not looking at Jesus, as JB Phillips points out. Certainly not looking at the early church. Is it a product of living in an affluent society where historically Christianity has been (if not embraced) at least allowed to exist without active government interference? Suddenly we think that is what normal is, but a longer view of history would indicate that this is unusual, not normal.

  2. Dr. Larry Dixon

    October 14, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you, Peter, for your helpful comment. I sure appreciate your reading my blog! Blessings. Dr. D.


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