Does Tragedy Really Make You Stronger?

By Edbert B In 2010, a powerful earthquake struck Haiti. I witnessed first-hand the damage and all the terrible human suffering that followed.  This experience impacted the way I now live my life and how I treat others.  It changed forever the way I see things.  Have you heard the expression, “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”? Is this true? I have sometimes wondered if this is always the case. Would life be better without trials, without the sadness? Would a person be better off...
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Be Strong, and Know that I Am God

By Andrea B. Like all of us, I feel profoundly affected by the recent events of the Boston bombing. As I’ve tried to process such human tragedy, I have been moved by the overwhelming signs of love and support for the Boston community. One slogan that I have latched on to--which has become ubiquitous on buses, t shirts, Twitter accounts, and even the Red Sox Green Monster--is the phrase Boston Strong, truncated down to the charge to “B(e) Strong”. It is a clarion call to show resiliency in the f...
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Why Does God Allow Suffering?

By Cherie G. It’s a tough question.  The way I see it, each of us is a student in God’s gigantic classroom.  We’ve each been given an intricate and powerful machine called “eternity”, and we're all here to learn how it works so that one day, we can become like God and create our own worlds and children, just like him. Eternity functions when all eternal laws (i.e. physics, marriage, math, agency, families, etc.) are understood and are being used properly.  Just like the with laws of motion, i...
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Did Satan Make Me Do It?

One of our readers recently asked a question about the commonly heard excuse, "Satan made me do it." In most religions, there is some sort of antithesis to God. In Christianity, this is Satan (AKA Lucifer or the Devil). Due to Satan's status as the enemy of all things good, he comes up a lot in scripture, sermons, both religious and non-religious books, and all sorts of pop-culture. Often the rhetoric coming from religious leaders about Satan seems to place him as the source of many of our probl...
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Why Bad Things Happen to Good People – Part VI

For those of you who are sick of hearing about this topic, don't worry. This is the last post in this series and will hopefully wrap things up pretty well. So far we've looked at two reasons why bad things happen to good people. Those reasons were: 1. Due to our own actions 2. Due to the actions of others We discussed how if we assume that our ability to choose for ourselves and learn and grow through the consequences of our choices is a crucial component of this life, God cannot preve...
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Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: Part II – Your Own Actions

For any new readers, or for those of you whose memories are as short as mine, a couple weeks ago I wrote a post introducing a discussion on why bad things happen to good people. In that post I divided the causes of our woes into three exhaustive categories. The first category is our own actions. This may be dissatisfying to some people for a few reasons. First, if the "bad things" are due to our own actions, doesn't that imply that we're not necessarily "good" people? Second, when bad things ...
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