what happens because He sent His Son onto this earth to rebuild that connection we have lost with Him in earlier times. God had a purpose to send Jesus down and that purpose was so that we have a relationship with Him. Paulina: In response to this, I would say that there has been moments in which I have questioned God while overcoming pain and suffering, and it makes me wonder why God would allow such evil to occur right before my eyes. However, one must understand that it is not God that should be questioned during these situations because it is not His doing. God loves all his children eternally and will always be there to help us get through it all. God has a plan for everyone in this life. God is the only one that can know the reason as to why things happen to us. You must accept the path He is putting you on and fully put your trust in Him. He is the only person can free us from our sufferings. The experiences we encounter are often a sign that God wants us to strengthen our relationship with Him and to depend on Him like no other being on this earth. (Lamca, 2015). Makena Smith: When people close to me ask those kinds of questions, I normally respond
with that God has a plan for everything. I tell them although it really sucks right now, everything will eventually work out in the end. I know it is hard to hear that and that is not what you want to hear or think about right now and it may be really hard to see his plan or the purpose of this right now but things will get better. I normally then would tell them a personally story about my life when I had no hope and was doubting God and his intentions, like the story about my best friend or when my mom got really sick and was in the hospital for weeks. I tell them that it is hard to see the upside right now, but someday they will, and it will get better with time. Talking about a death of a loved one or a broken relationship is easier to talk about because you can assure their loved one is in a better place or you can say that they deserve better than that broken relationship and God has a better plan for both of you. But natural disasters and disease is hard because there is no right or easy way to explain how God would let someone have cancer or let hurricanes or tornadoes kill hundreds of people. In those types of situations, I would just ask if I can pray for them and tell them to keep faith. Olivia Smith: If I had a friend who experienced a serious loss, lost a job, or a bad break up, then I would use a similar response as question 1. I truly believe that God has a plan for every one of us. God loves us unconditionally and we need to remember that even through the toughest times. Writer of Chapter 7 in the textbook Chip Lamca explains that when we encounter personal loss, it’s often a sign that God wants you to depend on Him and trust Him (Lamca, 2015). To my friend who experiences loss, I would tell them to build their relationship with God because He doesn’t want his children to suffer. God has a reason for everything He gives and takes away from us. We have to trust His plan.
- Fall '11
- Suffering, Jonathan Sharpe