Evil & Suffering, Love & Salvation Explored in New Theological Work

Pleasanton, California (EastBayDaily) — It was the atheist, Jean Paul Sartre, who once said that, “Hell is other people.” Rowland Stenrud’s Yeshua, the Crucified Serpent is about how mankind’s savior, Jesus of Nazareth, has saved men and women from this hell by making it possible, and indeed inevitable, for human beings to love one another and their Creator-Father, Yahweh God.

This book is about the concept and practice of human and divine love. The words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, the Bible as a whole, and the reader’s life experience will help in defining this. The author reviews what he knows about the concept and its related precepts and brings them to bear in this book. God himself is love, which should tells how mysterious a thing love is. To acquire this ability to love, one must suffer in union with the suffering Christ. Salvation, pure and simple, is God delivering each one from the inability to love other human beings and the Creator Himself.

The obstacle to this perfect love is the serpent of human wisdom and pride that existed even in Jesus. In his loving obedience to the Father, Jesus nailed this serpent to the cross. Yeshua, the Crucified Serpent attempts to show that the question of evil and suffering in the world is answered by Yahweh’s eventual success in saving all of mankind.    

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About the Author Rowland Stenrud grew up in a Catholic family although his father was a Pentecostal before converting to Catholicism. He studied to be a Maryknoll missionary priest at the Maryknoll College Seminary in Glen Ellyn, Illinois earning a B.A. in Philosophy. He did hospital work while in the Army. This work plus his brother’s forty-four year life as a quadriplegic gave him experience in the world of human suffering. In his work as a Social Security claims representative, he gained further intimate knowledge of the struggles of his fellow man. He left the Catholic Church and for a short while belonged to a Reformed Church. His many years of personal Bible study was guided by his desire to find truth rather than confirmation of his beliefs. His primary areas of theological interest are: the problem of evil, Christian non-violence, creationism, God’s mercy and sovereignty, and Christology. He has two grown sons and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Yeshua, the Crucified Serpent * by Rowland Stenrud How Yahweh Saved Mankind Publication Date: January 3, 2013 Trade Paperback; $ 15.99; 396 pages; 978-1-4797-4519-7 Trade Hardback; $ 22.99; 396 pages; 978-1-4797-4520-3 eBook; $ 3.99; 978-1-4797-4521-0

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