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If God Loves Me, Why Does My Life Stink?

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You can either 1) View this of evidence that God does not care, or 2) accept that there is a reason for your pain that you cannot understand and let God be with you in your struggle.

I’ve tried both. #2 is better.

The cross, for me, is conclusive. It is God wrapped up in a suffering world. I can ask questions about why things happen the way they do. I cannot say that God does not care.[/vc_cta][vc_btn title=”Upload your own story of letting God love you here!” style=”classic” align=”center” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-hand-o-right” button_block=”true” add_icon=”true” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dropbox.com%2Frequest%2FXSxlB6qkSeA6r2fDhlJ6|||”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

4 Comments

  1. Dianne on March 8, 2018 at 6:03 am

    God is bound by reality? This is not what I have been taught. And there’s biblical evidence to the contrary.

    From the very beginning God was the MAKER of reality. He made the shadows go backwards. He used a donkey to talk to someone. He makes one cup of flour last for months. He calms a storm with only a word. He brings multiple people out of their graves. He heals diseases, makes blind men see, lame men walk. Casts out demons.

    The reality that the bible seems to teach is that God CAN reach down and relieve one’s suffering. And sometimes He does and sometimes not.

    And I know it says that all things work together for good, but some things seem pretty arbitrary. And some never see an end to their suffering short of death itself. And some pain just smashes you to smithereens and you never make it back.

    This kind of love is beyond my understanding.

  2. Maury on March 8, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks for listening so carefully, Dianne! The point I’m making (not very clearly, I confess) is that God can’t do the intrinsically impossible. That’s not the same as a miracle. C.S. Lewis makes the distinction far better than I can so here’s his description.

    “His Omnipotence means power to do all that is intrinsically possible, not to do the intrinsically impossible. You may attribute miracles to Him, but not nonsense. This is no limit to His power. If you choose to say, ‘God can give a creature free will and at the same time withhold free will from it,’ you have not succeeded in saying anything about God: meaningless combinations of words do not suddenly acquire meaning simply because we prefix to them the two other words, ‘God can.’ It remains true that all things are possible with God: the intrinsic impossibilities are not things but nonentities. It is no more possible for God than for the weakest of His creatures to carry out both of two mutually exclusive alternatives; not because His power meets an obstacle, but because nonsense remains nonsense even when we talk it about God.” (From The Problem of Pain)

    All of that’s kind of abstract philosophy. Real suffering is hard, as Lewis himself experienced when his wife died. Have you read “A Grief Observed”? You might like it.

    I have come to the conclusion that there is more to this picture than I can see. Suffering and evil and pain serve a purpose I can’t yet fathom but are not evidence that God does not love me, no matter how much it may feel like it.

  3. Sandra Snider on March 9, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    REmember your friend Brian meiners saying “look at your Mom” when I was thrilled by your horn playing? I’m still there. So proud of your book and your ministry and so proud to be your mama!

    • Maury on March 10, 2018 at 7:10 am

      Can’t tell you how much that means, mom. You helped me understand God’s love.

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