Category Archives: The Doubter

What’s The Purpose of Living?

People with depression can feel so dejected, they prefer the peace of death to a life of suffering.  Unable to control their suicidal mood, or acts, they take their plight to be permanent, instead of a temporary swing. They may … Continue reading

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How Suffering Tests Faith

The presence of suffering leads some people to question God’s reality. If we experience success in business, health, and growth in our family, we easily see God’s Providence. But when we face sudden loss of income, a life-threatening diagnosis, or … Continue reading

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Grief and Loss: Job’s “Cruel” God

A member of a class I taught recently heard a broadcast discussion of Job. One atheist participant, among his other arguments against the book, raised the question of why God permitted such a cruel test of Job. The Lord tells … Continue reading

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Our Unanswered Questions

‘Hitler and the Nazis mostly killed people they did not see as their own, but in North Korea our people are doing this to each other,’ says Shin Dong-hyuk. As a young boy Shin Dong-hyuk (“Yuke”) informed on his mother … Continue reading

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Dark Energy, Dark Matter & Job’s Ignorance

I know very little about our universe. Why, for example, is our universe expanding? Here are some other questions that reveal my ignorance: If I can’t see dark matter, how do I know it exists? What is the difference between dark matter … Continue reading

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Doubt III

At different times during my life, I’ve experienced periods of doubt. While attending a Jewish university, for example, I recall my struggle with the basis of authority for my faith. “Given that you’re a Christian, that might be expected,” you’d … Continue reading

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Doubt II

People who’ve experienced the recent horrific theater attack in Aurora, CO, may come to doubt God’s goodness. How can a good God let such things happen? We may entertain those doubts ourselves. We’ve lived through many horrors. At times, those … Continue reading

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Doubt I

Have you ever explored your doubts? I didn’t say believe your doubts, just explore them. After all, where is our proof?–only the word of others. In other words, their beliefs. Social support keeps us believing: if everyone else believes, it must … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t the Lord Level with Job? IV

In answer to this question, last week I invited Rob Sutherland to explain his view. I commend what he wrote for your reflection. I’ve also given the question some thought. In addition to the issue of self-motivated worship (including material blessings) … Continue reading

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Why Doesn’t the Lord Level with Job? III (Guest Blog)

Why doesn’t God tell Job the reason for his suffering? In the book, Satan puts God on trial (Job 1:9-11). Job is a sinner, Satan says. Job may intend good, but for selfish reasons. Therein lies his motive and his sin. … Continue reading

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