Suffering, Death, and the Hidden God
Truly, you are a God who hides yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior" (Isa. 45:15).
Where is God? Why didn't he do something? Why do bad things happen to good people? These are the questions asked in the midst of suffering and death. For Lutherans, there are only two theological frameworks from which to answer such questions-the theology of glory and the theology of the cross. In the Heidelberg Disputation of 1518, Martin Luther distinguished between the two:
That person does not deserve to be called a theologian who looks upon ...