“There’s no way I can dive into the deep end of what the Bible says about God and his relationship to human suffering here. It’s the No. 1 argument for atheism. And rightly so. I have studied the topic at length since my son – who, at 14 years of age, committed his life to global missions – took his own life after suffering from debilitating depression.”
Why does God let bad stuff happen to good people?
Nick Watts writes a post using Job (and other books of the bible) enough to make me stop and think. And think. He ends with this:
“Job’s prayer for them is the only thing that kept them from God’s severe judgment. Our well-meaning “friends”, feeling they must offer an explanation when suffering takes place, can easily fall into the same category as Job’s friends.”
If you want to join me in stepping out of my comfort zones – then read Nick’s post.
Thank you –
(as usual – if you have any thoughts or comments – please add them at Nick’s place, thank you)
“Yet is was the Lord’s will to crush [his Son] and cause him to suffer…” (Isaiah 53:10)
I’ve studied the book of Job (the “o” in “Job” is long as in “stove”) numerous times. But, until recently, I haven’t had the courage to read it devotionally (daily readings) since 2013 when my 19 year old son, Jordan, took his own life.
Of all 66 books that comprise the Bible, no book is more perplexing and disturbing as Job when considering the age old mystery, “Why do seemingly good people suffer?”
I have screamed at the heavens standing next to my son’s grave.
Job stood next to ten graves.
It was after burying all ten of his children Job’s wife told him, “Curse God and die!” She sometimes gets a bad rap. But I have felt her rage and resolution. Consequently, she sounds quite normal to me.
The first two…
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