a reason for everything He gives and takes away from us. We have to trust His plan. Matthew Mitchell: I would tell them that I am there for them and want to be supportive. God does have a plan and I would show them stories of suffering in the Bible. Lots of great Christians have gone through trials. I would show them that every human suffers
and God still has done mighty things. If God gave us what we truly deserved we would not be living. There is another side to all the suffering in life. God gives many blessings. I have seen this in my own life. While God has sent suffering my way He has also sent many blessings. The biggest joys in my life were God given too, it goes both ways. People focus on the negatives when God has come through on so many things. Mason Goudreau: I would tell this person that God has a plan and everything he does has a reason, even though it may be the last thing they want to hear. When something bad happens in our lives we immediately go to questioning God and asking him “Why did you do this?” but instead we should go to God for comfort and peace which will ultimately make you closer to God. God will make people suffer in order to bring them into his light and show them that they need God in their lives in order to prosper. I would ultimately tell my friend to trust in God and to know that he has a plan. Marc Anthony Thomas: The Christian worldview of pain and suffering is that God has all power controlling it, it may not seem fair at times and as if God may not even be seeing/feeling your suffering but he is. God feels all the things we do including our pain and just because it seems to be lasting longer than we have thought, it does not mean that God is sitting back and letting it happen. There is lesson being taught through these times of suffering and the more we give ourselves to God, the more he will take this burden off our shoulders. The problem with a lot of people who are suffering, they have not given themselves to God, they have decided to create their own success and go down their own paths which means they will have to face the world on their own without the stability of God’s heart.
5. This Question is Answered as a Team: According to Chapter 7 in the textbook, how might the problem of evil and suffering leads one to the conclusion that moral absolutes exist? Chapter 7 of the textbook explains that we all experience suffering and evil. It is up to our belief in God whether to be stuck suffering or be freed from it (Jibben, 2015). Suffering can change our entire lives. We need to remember that God is the creator of the whole universe and every single one of us. He is the reason we are all here, so we need to put our trust into him that He has a plan for all of us. The problem of evil and suffering is considered to be the reason as to why one develops the assumption that moral absolutes exist by proven truth and being factual and absolute truths are experienced in our everyday life. Throughout life, all of humanity will experience some sort of suffering. Their belief in God will be a determinant as to whether they are freed from it or not. Being mindful that the universe was
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