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Are Deaths from Natural Disasters an Unavoidable Side-Effect of God’s Creation?

As amazing and beautiful as this physical universe is, it is also filled with almost unimaginable cataclysmic violence—which commonly brings suffering, pain, and death to the living residents of our earth—plant, animal, and human. Why did God create the universe

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Posted in Pain and Suffering, Science Philosophy and History

God Is Unconvincing To Smart Folks? – Part 2

(This is Part 2 of my response to the article, “God Is Unconvincing To Smart Folks,” by J. H. McKenna. For Part 1, click here.) Points 3, 4, and 5 of Dr. McKenna’s article deal with three key characteristics of God:

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Posted in All About God, Pain and Suffering, Science Philosophy and History

Ezekiel 18: God’s Message of Hope . . . If You Think there’s No Hope for You

I want to talk to you about one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible: Ezekiel 18. If you think you’re a goner, destined for the eternal flames of hell, this is the chapter for you. Ezekiel 18 delivers

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Posted in Spiritual Growth, The Bible Re-Viewed

Spiritual Tornadoes

The month of May is peak tornado season across the U.S. plains and southern states. Already this year five separate tornadoes have caused fatalities, in Cisco, TX, Van, TX, Nashville, AR, Fairdale, IL, and Sand Springs, OK. Just over the

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Posted in Current Events, Spiritual Growth

Easter, Resurrection, and the Germanwings Airliner Crash

On March 24, 2015, co-pilot Andreas Lubitz took his place in the cockpit of Germanwings Flight 9525, originating in Barcelona, Spain. The destination was Düsseldorf, Germany. Lubitz had done his research. He was ready. He just had to wait for

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Posted in Current Events, Pain and Suffering

God Proposes, but Man Disposes . . . and God Re-Composes

In his 15th century devotional classic, The Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis (1380–1471) famously wrote: Man proposes, but God disposes The general idea is that we humans can make whatever plans we want, but in the end, God is

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Posted in Spiritual Growth

How can we have Faith when So Many Bad Things happen to So Many Good People? Part 4

Click here for Part 1 of this article. Click here for Part 2 of this article. Click here for Part 3 of this article. It’s time to face the music. It’s time to get busy and struggle with our faith.

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Posted in Pain and Suffering, Spiritual Growth

How can we have Faith when So Many Bad Things happen to So Many Good People? Part 3

Click here for Part 1 of this article. Click here for Part 2 of this article. Part 2 dealt with God’s eternal perspective in creating and governing the universe and the people in it. One of the points made there

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Posted in Pain and Suffering

How can we have Faith when So Many Bad Things happen to So Many Good People? Part 2

Click here for Part 1 of this article. In Part 1, we talked about the painful struggles of life, our questioning of God, and how coming to realize that we don’t understand the way God runs this universe is a

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Posted in Pain and Suffering, Science Philosophy and History

How can we have Faith when So Many Bad Things happen to So Many Good People? Part 1

Three Spiritual Conundrums have been submitted to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life on a similar theme. First, from a reader named Tom: I understand the concept of free will and that we were all given the ability to make choices. So

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Posted in Pain and Suffering, Spiritual Growth
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