4. Imagine that a close friend has just suffered through a great personal loss (death of a loved one, natural disaster, disease, job loss, divorce, or a broken relationship) and your friend asks you why God would let such a terrible thing happen. How would you respond to your friend? I know we aren’t supposed to question God, but I wonder why God allows so much evil and suffering into our lives. I have had friends experience hard times of pain and suffering and the best way to help them get through their time is to reference one of my testimonies to help them. For example, I have a friend who is a single mom that just lost her place of residence. At the end of 2018, I was late off and lost my home as well. It was hard for my kids and myself but after a few short months, we had our own place again. It was hard going from a three-bedroom home to living with my ex-husband’s parents, to a tiny two-bedroom apartment, but it was our new home. We made the best out of a temporary situation because trouble doesn’t last always, I would encourage them that God’s plan for us is bigger than our own plans. These experiences are often a sign that God wants you to strengthen your relationship with Him and to depend on Him (Lamca, 2015) 5. According to Chapter 7 in the textbook, how might the problem of evil and suffering lead one to the conclusion that moral absolutes exist? It is up to you and your beliefs in God whether or not we experience some sort of suffering in our lives. Suffering in our lives can lead to lessons learned if you have not learned from what a situation was trying to teach you then you may continue to suffer. It is up to you to make a change rather than change is good or bad. If you build a strong relationship with God, you will be able to understand and deal with suffering much better than before. Jibben (2015)
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