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 Questions and Faith
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Posted: Jan 21 2008, 09:22 PM



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Don’t get me wrong. My faith is not in question here. But I have questions. My mom and my brother have been through more trials and pain and suffering than anyone I have ever heard of, as far as physical affliction goes. Yet, they are born-again, faithful Christians. Yes, I understand that God has a purpose for all of us. Yes, I understand that His ways are not our ways. Yes, I understand that this life is so temporary, and that Jesus has gone to make a place for us in Heaven. But I don’t understand why some of us seem to be almost “called” to suffer. My mom has been an unreal example of strength and faith. She is, bar none, the strongest, and most faithful human being I have ever known. She is now in her third bout with cancer, and is fighting valiantly. I know that she derives her will to fight and go on from the One who made her. My brother is 37 years old, and has had Type 2 Diabetes since he was five years old. He takes 6 shots a day, is legally blind now, and is temporarily paralyzed from a mini-stroke, due to an adverse reaction to an antibiotic he took. His 8 year old daughter, my niece, has Down’s Syndrome. And I can’t begin to understand why he has been through so much in his young life. So many prayers have been lifted. So many intercessory murmurings and utterances. It feels as though God has turned a deaf ear. And yes, I do know things are not as they seem. Especially with regard to THAT sentiment.

Still, I don’t understand.

And I believe there are many things I will not understand in this life. I’ve heard many pastors and Brothers and Sisters-in-Christ quote the bible and say that we will have to wait to ask the Lord in heaven about some of these things that occur in this life. And yet still, again, I wonder why? I hurt for my mom and brother. I pray for them almost incessantly. If you feel so led, would you please join me in prayer for their miraculous healing and restoration?

Thank you.


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Posted: Jan 23 2008, 12:40 PM



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I think it can be harder for the person not hurting.

With my liver disease I am in constant physical pain. I have been dealing with it for 3 1/2 years now. I wouldn't change it for the world.

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The Bible says suffering is a way to identify with Christ and pursue Christ-likeness - 2 Cor 1:5-7

I am able to minister to others better because of it (same reference)

Still, it can be a long process developing a theology of suffering. I'd recommend Just Taylor/John Piper Suffering and the Sovereignty of God and C S Lewis' The Problem with Pain as helpful in that area.



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Posted: Jan 28 2008, 08:16 PM



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QUOTE (Arete @ Jan 23 2008, 12:40 PM)
I think it can be harder for the person not hurting.

With my liver disease I am in constant physical pain. I have been dealing with it for 3 1/2 years now. I wouldn't change it for the world.

A few reasons

The Bible says suffering is a way to identify with Christ and pursue Christ-likeness - 2 Cor 1:5-7

I am able to minister to others better because of it (same reference)

Still, it can be a long process developing a theology of suffering. I'd recommend Just Taylor/John Piper Suffering and the Sovereignty of God and C S Lewis' The Problem with Pain as helpful in that area.

Thank you, man. Will read what you've suggested.


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