As Keller explains, there is no such thing as "objective" abandonment for Christians. Only Christ was actually abandoned by the Father. Therefore, all that remains is "subjective" abandonment. In other words, though we may feel abandoned by God (feel = subjective), it is never the case (objective).
Nietzsche, an adamant atheist and outspoken critic of Christianity, ironically said, "Truth is hard." It is. Let it pierce me, crush me, kill me. But don't lie to me and others.
Recently, I had a conversation with a friend and Job came up in conversation. In American Christianity, we, like our culture, want things bigger and better and flashier and faster and busier. Because of our infatuation (lust) with wealth, prosperity, and comfort, we love to ask any opportunity we get to ask for a "double [...]
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NIV "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  For just as [...]
2 Corinthians 1:6: The Affliction Brings Forth The Experience "If We Are Afflicted, It Is For Your Comfort And Salvation; And If We Are Comforted, It Is For Your Comfort, Which You Experience When You Patiently Endure The Same Sufferings That we Suffer." Paul confidently trusts in the sovereignty of God and His hand. He [...]