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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

Ihor Lakatosh’s Story: How Healing the Body Helps the Soul

(Photo credits: AP / Michael Dwyer) For those who have a healthy, working body, it’s easy to take it for granted. It’s only when our body isn’t working so well that we realize how profound an impact our body has

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Posted in Current Events, Pain and Suffering

Isaiah Austin’s Marfan Syndrome: Another Life or Death Choice

(Photo credit: ESPN.com news services) Three months ago we wrote about Isaiah Austin, an inspiring young man who overcame blindness in one eye to pursue his basketball career at Baylor University: The Basketball Eyes of Isaiah Austin: “Your Excuse or

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Posted in Spiritual Growth, Sports and Recreation

Is it Easy or Hard to Get to Heaven?

Two thousand years ago Jesus Christ said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and

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Posted in Pain and Suffering, Spiritual Growth

How Can I Help a Loved One who is In an Abusive Relationship?

A reader named “Sister-In-Law” recently submitted a spiritual conundrum in which she describes the situation of her husband’s brother, “John” (not his real name), who is married to a woman who abuses him verbally and physically. The woman has a

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Posted in Pain and Suffering, Sex Marriage Relationships

Viktor Frankl on Meaning in the Midst of Suffering

For Part 1 of this article, see “Viktor Frankl on Meaning through Work.” For Part 2 of this article, see “Viktor Frankl on Meaning through Relationship: It’s All About Love and Understanding.” In the second part of Man’s Search for

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Posted in Pain and Suffering, Science Philosophy and History, Spiritual Growth

Suffering, Struggle, and Hope: The Example of Ismail Khalif Abdulle

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. —Helen Keller, in a 1903 article titled “Optimism.” The Al-Shabaab terror group made headlines last month with its horrific massacre at the Westgate shopping

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Posted in Current Events, Pain and Suffering

Divine Providence, by Emanuel Swedenborg

How can a loving God allow so much evil in the universe? What is the purpose of all the pain and suffering we humans endure? Does God have a plan for us? If you’ve ever wondered how an all-loving and

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Posted in Books and Literature

How does God Govern Humankind? Is God Actively Involved in our Lives?

Why does God let us experience pain and suffering? Clearly all is not right in our world. The daily news brings us more death and disaster, pain and suffering than we would ever desire. How could a loving God allow

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Posted in All About God

What is the Source of Human Fragility, Sickness, and Disease?

Here is a spiritual conundrum posed by a reader named Joe: I’m looking for doctrinal statements that deal with the human physical fragility and its source. Is human fragility (sickness, disease, etc.) a consequence of original sin? Is human fragility

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Posted in Pain and Suffering
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