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Senior Times - September 2020 Faith
NorthPointe Woods
MATTERS
Rev. Dr. James Gysel, Special to Senior Times WHY ALLOW SUFFERING?
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“This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10 - NLT
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A number of years ago I did a sermon series on “questions I’d like to ask God...” and the number one question was this one, “Why does God allow suffering and evil to exist in the world?” This really is a good question to ask. And I probably could build a whole series of articles addressing this topic, but a short answer to this profound question is: God is love. God loves us all so much that he allows us to exercise our free will. And to do that he allowed the evil one to be present
for a time, so that an alternative to God’s will would be present. He made us in his image, and free will is
If God wanted us to act perfectly all the time, I believe he could have done that. But that essentially would have made us into robots. Robots can- not love, care, and give the way God does. But people can! And the great news is that people do! In spite of the world unraveling around them, you can always find someone doing the right, the good, and the caring thing
is this world. The challenge is to find a way to be that person today. My prayer for you is that you’ll accept the great love of the Creator that for- gives you of your sin – let go of the past – and find the right, the good, and the caring thing to do today.
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Jim was a wonderful young man with a beautiful wife and three chil- dren. He was going to work one day in February driving north on M-66, and someone crossed the center-line and struck his vehicle head-on. Jim Stoeckley was dead. Vicki and the kids were suddenly without a husband and father. Dan and Margie Joba were suddenly without a son. A true story of pain and loss in Battle Creek. It’s repeated countless times through accidents and illnesses – good people who have done nothing wrong are called upon to bear a burden of grief. And it seems that no one is exempt from this pain of life.
a foundational principle in reflecting God in God’s world. However, even though people have free will we still are basically imperfect. None of us is God. We sometimes act as though we are, but we don’t have perfect knowl- edge, understanding, and love. You can even think you’re doing the right thing and yet make huge mistakes. The theological word for this human imperfection is “sin” – which is trans- lated to mean “missing the mark” – aiming at the center of the target but unable to perfectly hit it all the time.
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Faithfully yours, Jim Gysel






















































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