How Do I Learn to Forgive?

By James B. When I was eighteen, one night after dark I parked my car outside a city park and went walking through it with my girlfriend.  We were gone for about an hour and when we returned, we found a boy of about fourteen lying across my seat, trying to steal my stereo. I was scared. My girlfriend was scared.  I didn’t know what was going to happen in the next moments.  He could have a gun or a knife.  If he was desperate enough to steal, he might be desperate enough to fight me for what he’...
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How Does God Teach Us Lessons?

By Jeanne G. Growing up I was what you might call a goodie goodie.  Though my behavior was never anywhere near perfect, I was never grounded or even put into time out.  However, I do remember a time when God told me that “I did a bad thing”--- a hard thing to hear for a goodie, goodie. The Bible tells us how the Lord has chastened people from the past.  He did it to Saul (Paul) on his way to Damascus when he appeared to Saul and asked, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9).  Saul...
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Is Suffering Evidence that God Doesn’t Love Us?

By Scott H. On the evening of December 26, 2004, my wife and I sat in our Tokyo apartment lamenting the fact that we had procrastinated preparations for our dream vacation to a particular tropical island in Southeast Asia for the Christmas holiday. As we considered what adventures we might’ve been experiencing right at that moment had we just bought plane tickets a few weeks earlier, we were motivated to head immediately to our computer and make arrangements to go on the trip a few months lat...
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How can I know where to go next?

By Austin W. I started my MBA program at Harvard this fall, so I've had some occasion to speak with classmates about career and life planning. HBS encourages students to think carefully about career options. Although there are exceptions, the general consensus goes like this: “While other less fortunate people must make do with the limited opportunities they are relegated to in life, you who will shortly be graduates of this distinguished university are free to fully optimize each and every s...
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Why does God Permit Injustice in the world?

By Logan To the ancient Greeks, this was a moot point. The gods were jealous, capricious, and prone to the same vices as humans. Life was selfish, brutish and short and concepts of fortune, fate, and destiny explained the outcome of our days and the course of our lives. People’s success or failure relative to others was beyond their immediate control. Monotheistic religion brought newfound accountability to its followers. If something bad happens to us now, it isn’t because our god is not ...
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Does God Give Us Freedom of Choice?

A few nights ago I watched my alma mater (BYU) lose to Florida in the Sweet Sixteen and miss their once-in-a-generation chance to make it to the Final Four in the NCAA tournament. Now, I don't claim to be a huge sports fan of any kind, not even a huge fan of BYU sports, even though I attended the school for four years, but this year has been particularly exciting due to the presence of Jimmer Fredette on our basketball team. BYU's basketball team always seems to go out in the first round of the ...
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