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Have you put God on the Witness stand when it comes to suffering in your life? Frank explores how people react to God when suffering happens in their life. Stay tuned for Part 8 of this series. Suicide Enough is Enough.
Check out the corresponding article in the August Book Fun Magazine.
This was a good word about watching how we react to suffering. "We 'kill' God off in two ways. 1. We stop praying. We stop talking to him. and 2. We stop going to church. We're done with Him." I hadn't thought of the reaction to suffering being an effort to kill God for not helping in the ways we expect.
Thanks for the feedback Pam. Incredible how our minds work...
Grateful I can be of help.
Interesting thoughts about how we treat God. Sobering.
Hi Mary, Yes it is sobering and incredible how such ways of reacting play themselves out in people's lives...with devastating consequences.
Indeed normal, but getting stuck ends up having sweeping consequences throughout a lifetime.
This was very interesting, as humans we want to know why God allows us to suffer. We just have to realize that God has a reason that we do not know. We do not see the big picture, only God knows all.
I had a seminary professor who offered the possibility that part of what makes suffering so excruciatingly painful is that there may be no particular divine purpose for what any one specific individual goes through. We are cut off from the life of God in the garden and suffer for it, but like Job, there may be no specific purpose for our/his torment. And that is part of the torment. Mind-boggling to consider.
Thanks, Connie. While we do not have answers and know we cannot get answers, the questions can nevertheless drive us away for life.