Is the Doctrine of Impassibility Good News?

Long, long before matter existed, before the cosmos took its first breath, before the first angel opened his eyes, when there was nothing—God had already lived forever. He had not just lived forever. He had been contented forever. And whatever God was, he still is and always will be. An odd thought for us moderns. Who says God is contented? Assuming it’s true, is it good news? After all, the entire human race is trudging through pain. Should God be allowed to watch it all happen with his feet up in a hammock? Maybe the notion of a satisfied, untroubled Creator disturbs you. But it shouldn’t. For if God is to rescue anyone from heartache he had best not be bleeding himself.

Joni Eareckson Tada & Steve Estes, When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty, 31

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About Evan May

Evan May is a student at Reformed Theological Seminary and a pastor at Lakeview Christian Center in New Orleans.
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