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Nelson Mandela 1918-2013: From Revolution to Reconciliation

We are pleased to dedicate our 100th post here on Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life to the memory of Nelson Mandela, who died this Thursday, December 5, at the age of 95. In his younger years, Mandela gained notoriety as

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Posted in Current Events

To Train Up A Child, or: Spare the Rod? What Rod?

On October 29, 2013, Larry and Carri Williams of Sedro Woolley, Washington, were sentenced to 28 and 37 years in prison, respectively, for causing the death of their adopted daughter Hana Williams just after midnight on May 12, 2011. She

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Posted in Current Events, The Bible Re-Viewed

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

The Cain and Abel Story: Does God Play Favorites?

A reader named Sue posed this spiritual conundrum: The Cain and Abel story in the Bible is the first example of murder. I don’t condone murder, but I’ve often found myself feeling sorry for Cain and upset with God over

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Posted in The Bible Re-Viewed

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

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

What is the Sin of Sodom?

The sin of Sodom? That’s obvious, isn’t it? No, it’s not. The Bible does tell us what the sin of Sodom was . . . and it’s not what you’re thinking! In the book of Ezekiel, God says: Now this

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Posted in The Bible Re-Viewed

Spiritual Growth 101 with Mike Tyson: “The Virtue of Selfishness”

Who woulda thought Mike Tyson was a devotee of Ayn Rand? Before the rumors start flying . . . as far as I know, he isn’t. But he could be. In 2009 Mike Tyson appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show

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Posted in Popular Culture, Spiritual Growth

Strip Search Prank Calls, Domestic Violence: Evil Loves Deception

Warning: This article discusses fictional portrayals and real incidents of sexual assault, abusive relationships, and domestic violence. Last week Annette and I watched the movie “Compliance,” a controversial and disturbing 2012 American thriller written and directed by Craig Zobel. The

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Posted in Pain and Suffering, Popular Culture

If God is Love, Why all the Pain and Suffering?

How could a loving God allow so much evil? All it takes is a glance at the top stories in the daily news to show us that there is an awful lot of death, destruction, pain, and suffering in our

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Posted in All About God, Pain and Suffering
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