Posts Tagged ‘experience’

Why the Suffering?

August 3, 2013

suffering

This is one of the major complaints I have seen written by atheists or those who have left the faithful.

In his books about the scriptures, Bart Erdman mentions this one thing as the primary reason he fell away from religion.

If God truly loved “His people, His children”, why then would He permit such suffering to continue in the world?

Some writers have answered that this is the realm of Satan and God pretty much lets the Devil have free reign down here.

Others say that this is a testing place and those not strong enough are broken. It is for “testing faith” and so forth.

But what if the Almighty doesn’t see it the same way? What we consider bad, He might be using for some specific purpose?

We know trial and error are the best methods to learn anything… “no pain, no gain”… you hear it all the time.

And how in the world could we ever understand compassion if there was no suffering for us to witness?

I’m not saying any of these may be the reason for the suffering as I am certain there are many factors involved. Far too many for someone with my limited view of the universe to begin to understand.

But I am willing to wait for the understanding to come.

I suppose some people are not that patient.

Tuning-In to the Almighty

May 11, 2010

Coming to understand the Almighty cannot be accomplished from a book. You might get some tips or practical steps from it, even the Bible, but you cannot reach a full understanding that way.

One has to experience the connection with God, to gain comprehension. It’s a very personal thing, as I have said before.

And one has to become involved in any of the religions to truly understand their take on the matter. Reading a book can only take you so far.

Of course, most people are not out to study religion in this way, they are simply searching for a relationship with the Almighty that has some meaning for them, personally. So they might find that connection at the first church they drop into, or the second. Or third.

Years ago, I took a class called “Comparative Religions”, but it was hopelessly mired in the opinions of the authors of the text (and the professor) to give any deep insight to what the different religions were really about.

I had to go and experience them myself.

People say experience is the best teacher. No, it is the only teacher.