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Posted by: Why | 2010/08/04

Is there even a GOD?

Why does GOD make people suffer? My cousin''s 9 year old son just died, he struggled with lukemia for a year, had a bone marrow transplant, never got better and passed away. Why would GOD make a innocent 9 year old suffer and then take him away. And evil people get to live healthy, happy, luxury lives. Is there even a GOD?

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The continuing triumph of the evil is for many of us the hardest mystery to understand. You may feel that God makes some people suffer, or that many of these suffering occur for natural reasons, but that he fails to prevent or even ameliorate them. If you have a traditional religious faith, try discussing these concerns with a suitable religious leader. If you don't, a counsellor can help you work through these strong feelings and regrets

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Posted by: Andre | 2010/08/04

The “ problem of pain,”  as the well-known Christian scholar, C.S. Lewis, once called it, is atheism''s most potent weapon against the Christian faith.

All true science and history, if rightly understood, support the fact of God. This evidence is so strong that, as the Bible says: “ The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God”  (Psalm 14:1).


Most atheists, therefore, without any objective evidence on which to base their faith in “ no God” , must resort finally to philosophical objections. And this problem of suffering is the greatest of these.

That is, they say, how can a God of love permit such things in His world as war, sickness, pain, and death, especially when their effects often are felt most keenly by those who are apparently innocent? Either He is not a God of love and is indifferent to human suffering, or else He is not a God of power and is therefore helpless to do anything about it. In either case, the Biblical God who is supposedly one of both absolute power and perfect love becomes an impossible anachronism. Or so they claim!

This is a real difficulty, but atheism is certainly not the answer, and neither is agnosticism. While there is much evil in the world, there is even more that is good. This is proved by the mere fact that people normally try to hang on to life as long as they can. Furthermore, everyone instinctively recognizes that “ good”  is a higher order of truth than “ bad” .
We need also to recognize that our very minds were created by God. We can only use these minds to the extent that He allows, and it is, therefore, utterly presumptuous for us to use them to question Him and His motives.

Trust in God, for He has defeated satan, the ruler of this world, the deciever, the accuser, who has tricked/decieved mankind to sin and rebel against God.

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Posted by: Happiness | 2010/08/04

I am so sorry bout your loss. I can imagine how you feel. Yes, there''s God and He doesn''t make us suffer, He loves and care bout us so much. But unfortunately we are all going to die, and we donno the time. And its so unfortunate that death is cruel, it takes anyone, anywhere and in anyway. Sometimes these things happen to us so that we can be stronger and they also get us closer to God. I know u''re hurting right now, but please don''t blame God, pray to Him and ask Him whatever u want 2, He will give u answers, and trust Him always, He will see u through.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/08/04

The continuing triumph of the evil is for many of us the hardest mystery to understand. You may feel that God makes some people suffer, or that many of these suffering occur for natural reasons, but that he fails to prevent or even ameliorate them. If you have a traditional religious faith, try discussing these concerns with a suitable religious leader. If you don't, a counsellor can help you work through these strong feelings and regrets

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