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Questions when suffering: Would God remove this? (Part 3)

When we suffer, questions enter our minds.  “Is God listening to me?”  “Is this punishment for some sin I committed?”  Let’s turn to the inspired Word of God, the Bible, for some answers. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it [&hellip

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Questions when suffering: Does God owe me? (Part 2)

Questions enter our mind when we suffer.  “Is God punishing me?”  “Is God even there?”  Remember what James 1:5 says: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” It’s okay to ask God questions;  just ask the right [&hellip

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Questions when suffering: Did I cause this? (Part 1)

When we suffer, all sorts of questions enter our minds. “Why is this happening?” “Does God hate me?” “Is this punishment for some sin I committed?” Let’s turn to the Word of God for some answers. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without [&hellip

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Why suffering occurs (Part 4)

This is the last of four blogs on why suffering occurs.  Earlier we saw that there is suffering here due to an imperfect planet: storms and disease threaten humanity because of Adam and Eve’s sin.  Another reason that there is suffering is due to our sinful nature: people commit terrible acts against one another.  We exercise our free will and choose evil instead of [&hellip

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Why suffering occurs (Part 3)

In the last two blogs, I talked about why suffering occurs.  Pain and suffering is a part of our existence due to humanity’s choice to violate God’s will.  Disease, disaster, and death occur around us because of Adam and Eve’s fall.  When the first humans rebelled against God’s decree, they brought suffering into the human experience.  There [&hellip

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Why suffering occurs (Part 2)

In the last blog, I discussed how suffering in the forms of disease, disaster, and death occur in nature because of Adam and Eve’s fall.  Even as Jesus overcame sin and death through His resurrection, we still have pain here on earth.  But a new day will come. Paul writes in Romans 8:18-22, “I consider that our [&hellip

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Why suffering occurs (Part 1)

The Bible is very clear about why pain and suffering is a part of our existence.  Disease, disaster, and death occur in nature because of Adam and Eve’s fall.  When the first humans rebelled against God’s decree, they brought suffering into the human experience.  Genesis 3:17-19 says, “To Adam he said, ‘Because you listened to your wife [&hellip

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Evil proves God?

On a philosophical level, the issue of evil can be used not to disprove God, but to “prove” Him. In a earlier blog, I addressed theodicy.  (“Evil disproves God?”  http://www.bradalles.com/evil-disproves-god/) Theodicy isthe issue of God’s justice amid evil and suffering.  When put in question form it sounds like this: “If God exists, why is there evil?”  The [&hellip

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Bad things or bad people?

Let’s continue this series on suffering on the philosophical level.  It’s necessary on an intellectual level, but these words are not for grieving people at a funeral.  Ministering with those who are hurting will be addressed later. When philosophically addressing the issue of theodicy–the issue of God’s justice amid evil and suffering–another question often comes up: “Why [&hellip

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Evil disproves God?

Let’s start this series on suffering by addressing it on the philosophical level, and then approach it from the personal level.  Obviously, in the face of someone who just lost a loved one, these intellectual arguments for God’s existence would seem uncaring and cold.  That is not the time for them.  This defense of the [&hellip

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