Different responses to the Reason for Suffering; including God’s View

Why is there suffering in the world?

The answer is quite simple really, but the not simply understood.

The book of Job  in the Old Testament of the Bible is to be our TEACHER about the subject of suffering.

As we continue part II from the last blog, and search  Job chapter’s 1 and 2, we  are taught about suffering through the “hard knocks” in Job’s life: Continue reading

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The Problem of Suffering

The last few blogs dealt with Illness and Sickness. Now we must move into the bigger arena of suffering and sorrow and how to make sense of tragedy, if we ever can. Think about your personal response to suffering in the world….

As of this writing, there have been  over 3,400,000 worldwide cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), with 1,130,000 in the U.S. Worldwide deaths= 240,000. U.S. deaths are at 65,000. Wow. The grim reaper strikes again.  The list of pandemics is long and goes back to antiquity. For example, Smallpox virus has killed 100s of millions of people in the world prior to 1977 (when it was eradicated by vaccination programs) and literally destroyed civilizations. Tragic, you say, and I agree. Natural disease phenomena runs rampant at times.

Our world is filled with tragedies and we experience them every day- for example, on December 26, 2004, an earthquake beneath the Indian Ocean created a tsunami tidal wave that caused more than 200,000 deaths on the shores of Southeast Asia.  On August 29, 2005, New Orleans was hit by hurricane Katrina.  Within a Continue reading

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What can we learn practically  from sickness and the coronavirus?

As an infection specialist for over 30 years, I have learned a lot about germs and the diseases they impart on humans—from mono to E. coli to HIV to septic shock to meningitis and flu. Now we have coronavirus, just another plague for mankind. There will be others to follow, for sure. So far, it pales in comparison to more serious ones that have decimated peoples from all culture groups.  All to test the resilience of men an women.  If you are a believer, you should be asking yourself, why God?

This coronavirus strain may be novel, but the millions and millions of deaths that viruses like it have caused over thousands of years is nothing new. At least now we have some science at our fingertips to understand how to defend ourselves against coronavirus in the future. Continue reading

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Did God  create sickness and the coronavirus?  What Good is it?

Image result for The world is good genesis 1Originally, our world was created by God and called “good” (re-read Genesis 1).  The Bible says that something came into the world which has dethroned mankind from our original position and stripped us of our privileges. And what was “that something?”  Sin.  “Sin entered into the world, and death by sin” (Romans 5:12).   Do you believe it? Continue reading

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Sickness and pain are universal

John Piper

“If you don’t believe your cancer is designed for you by God, you will waste it.”  -John Piper

As a practicing internist, I have seen my share of sickness and pain over the last three decades– cancer, strokes, heart attacks, accidents, chronic illnesses, acute illnesses, septic shock from meningitis, brain abscesses, Continue reading

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Jesus himself teaches us about the existence of hell, did you know that?

Jesus teaches the people about the existence of HELL

What Jesus teaches about hellJesus taught us a lot about the subject of hell especially in the Gospel of Matthew. Do you believe that the Bible is true? I hope so. If not, these words will fall on deaf ears.  If hell doesn’t exist, why would Jesus say a word about it? Instead, he goes into detail…………… Continue reading

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Hell; a real place to spend forever

Hell is a place of eternal separation from God; you don’t want to go there!

Introductionin a recent Gallop poll, 53% of Americans believe in hell. (47% of Americans don’t believe in hell). This percent goes down dramatically when the people are highly educated or wealthy.   In Sweden, only 17% believe in hell; France-22%, Netherlands- 28%, Great Britain-23%.

Satan’s deceptionRay Comfort, in The Way of the Master training ministry, says one of the main deceptions of Satan is that Continue reading

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