Will God Ever End Suffering? This is the whole point that is so often missed. The assumption is made that God is to blame for suffering (which, as we have seen, He is not); that all suffering is bad (which is wrong); that if God allows suffering He therefore does not love us (when it… Read More Suffering and the God of Love #5 Will God Ever End Suffering?
We have already seen that we cannot blame God for causing suffering, it is our fault whether we like it or not. But if God has the power to stop it and does not, it might be argued that He must take some of the blame. Suppose you were an expert swimmer, and you saw… Read More Suffering and the God of Love #4 Does God Allow Suffering Because He Does Not Love Us?
Initially this seems like a foolish question, after all no one likes to suffer. It is unpleasant, but that does not mean it is bad. It is possible for something to be unpleasant and yet useful at the same time. Remember that particularly nasty medicine you probably had at some time? It was unpleasant —… Read More Suffering and the God of Love #3 Is Suffering Necessarily Bad?
If we think about it carefully, we find that there are basically four kinds of suffering in the world: Suffering caused deliberately by humans In this category are included war, robbery and murder. If a person (or a nation) sets out to deliberately kill, maim, rob or cheat, then a great deal of suffering will… Read More Suffering and the God of Love #2 Is God Responsible for Suffering?
There is no doubt at all that the problem of suffering is one of the greatest problems a Christian has to face. It has probably caused more people to lose faith, and prevented more people from finding faith, than almost any other problem. It is the argument most often used by atheists when they want… Read More Suffering and the God of Love #1 Intro
What if we shut up the bowels of our compassion towards those who suffer? What if with plenty in our hands, we think only of our own need, and our own comfort, and our schemes are shaped and burdened only and continually with our own cares and our own interests? What if we never help… Read More Deal thy bread to the hungry
This world should know that there shall come a day that the godless people will fall by the mouth and the edge of the sword and will be led away as captives to and among all nations and Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled (completed).… Read More Thought for June 10: Warning to be patient and ready
More than one month ago, Vladimir Putin did what he had said not going to do. This is yet another proof that one cannot rely on the words of a human being. One must always be very careful when things are denied or promised. In today’s reading (Numbers 14) we also see how people easily… Read More Perplexity among the nations
War. Again. People never cease warring with one another. War is a horrifying thing, as some of you reading this can testify from direct experience. All the suffering, the death, the destruction. Why do people keep doing it? There are countless “small” wars going on every moment — not small to those affected, of course.… Read More War, why do people keep doing it
We pray to the great Spiritual Power in which we trust. We pray, above all, for peace throughout the world. Peace, its so easy to say, but not so easy to find Lord.Wherever I look there is conflict and suffering, people wounded and dying, injured by the violence of inequality and neglect,… Read More Prayer for March 2022: We pray, above all, for peace throughout the world.
With our Belgian ecclesia we are like the ancient God’s elect, living as aliens scattered among the unbelievers like the ones who were living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia to whom the apostle Peter wrote. (1 Peter 1:1) We have not many real believers around us. That does… Read More Today’s thought “Elect exiles of the Dispersion” (December 11)
Today, for almost everyone, bodily health is a number one priority. When it fails, the enjoyment of life, with its hopes and ambitions, is hindered and halted. Vast amounts of money are spent every year upon getting well and keeping well. More and more, solemn warnings are being issued about the danger of eating wrong… Read More He Healeth all thy Diseases
It has been emotional keeping up with the many covid-19 related requests coming from our brothers and sisters in East Africa. Through God’s blessing, we have been able to send multiple contributions, on behalf of our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world, to those in real need, and our brothers and sisters… Read More East Africa & CoViD-19
Wherever we look in the news at the moment, the headlines are about COVID-19 and Coronavirus. This infection seems to spread with ease, and measures taken by the authorities (some of them drastic) have done little to stop the virus reaching many countries. The speed with which the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is racing around the world… Read More An infection that seemed to spread with ease
Today’s thought “We wait eagerly for” (January 30) Paul’s letter to the Romans contains some of the most meaningful and thought provoking words in scripture. It is extremely challenging to read it and embrace all its points in our minds. Maybe, more than any other book in the Bible, this book calls for our diligent… Read More Today’s thought “We wait eagerly for” (January 30)
The first Daily Bible Readings of the year tells us about the beginning of everything and how man received the earth. In Genesis 1 we read on the first day of the year how the Unseen Eternal Spirit Being out of nowhere, time, space, and all the living whirl forth, as Elohim or God spoke… Read More Today’s thought “Allowed to have dominion over the universe” (January 02)
True Sign of Every True Disciple of Jesus Christ Regularly we are attacked and questioned about our Christian faith. At the time of Jesus and his first followers the master teacher and his disciples were often questioned and tested. Sadducees and Pharisees most often were against each other, but they joined hands in the battle… Read More When questioned about your faith
The youngsters are already at school from the first of September and from October the first the university students are back on track whilst retired people went off to look for some extra sunshine and to have a more affordable holiday time. All those people, young and old, have their aspirations and do hope their… Read More Wanting for more than you need or hearing the Inviting encouragement
Today’s thought “When in need of encouragement” (May 18) Yesterday we could see in his letter to the Thessalonians that Paul could find encouragement by the believers there of which he had many positive things to say, rather in contrast to the Corinthians. Though it appeared that there were also those in Thessalonica who were… Read More Today’s thought “When in need of encouragement” (May 18)
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Death Acts 7:55-8:1 But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” But…