Thursday, March 20, 2008

Is God Present?

Here are some of the hardest questions I am asked:
-Where is God in the midst of pain?
-Why so many tragedies?
-Because of pain and tragedies...is God really active in this world?

Henri Nouwen writes:
The truly good news is that God is not a distant God, a God to be feared and avoided, a God of revenge, but a God who is moved by our pains and participates in the fullness of the human struggle.

4 comments:

rgolf48 said...

Book recommendation: "The Shack" by William Young.

Josh Ross said...

John,
Great book! I recommended it to my entire church last Sunday.

Rick Ross said...

I struggle a lot with those same questions. But I keep coming back to this: Why do we blame God for the consequences of fallenness? It may be the greatest con-job Satan has ever pulled. He commits the crime, and gets us to blame God for it.

I know that may be a simplistic answer. But sometimes I am guilty of overanalyzing. So maybe simple is best on this one.

jenlowe said...

God never said we would not suffer or have pain. He promised we would not face it alone. His Son also knew pain and suffering.