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WHY SO MUCH EVIL? 2

Why so much evil?

WHY SO MUCH EVIL IN THE WORLD?

So many incurably ill people in hospitals, so many handicapped children, so many human lives completely denied ordinary happiness on this earth.  There is so much evil in the world.Why Evil?

How to continue to trust in a God who is supposed to be a merciful Father, when suffering, injustice, sickness, and death seem to dominate the larger history of the world as well as our smaller daily lives?

How could God have permitted so many wars, concentration camps, the Holocaust?

Why, then, hasn’t He eliminated-and does He persist in not eliminating-suffering in the world He created?

God created man as rational and free, thereby placing Himself under man’s judgment. His wisdom and omnipotence are placed, by free choice, at the service of creation.

There is also the intervention of the evil spirit, who, with even greater shrewdness than man.

WHY DOES GOD TOLERATE SUFFERING?

Evil exists because freedom exists. We are free to do what we want and some people choose to do evil for various reasons. It could all start with one person doing evil which affects other people and could lead to them also doing evil. If there is evil in the world then it is because of us humans.

A lot of simple things that God talked about like greed, jealousy, selfishness and whatever, could all lead to us doing evil deeds.

Children wouldn’t have to starve in Africa if we all chose to do good. We definitely have the money and resources to heal the world but the people who have the most money and power are greedy and instead of doing what is right and use the money for good, they use it for themselves. We think we know best all the time. If we had just been good and obeyed God we would not have this kind of trouble.

God taught us to be loving, be generous and all these positive things that show love and affection. If we all did these things then we wouldn’t have such big problems in the world because it would all be love.

Don’t blame God for the evil in the world. Look at yourself and make a change for the better. God gave us the freedom and responsibility, but because he knew what was best for us he also gave us advice on what we should do to live a better life, but sometimes we ignore the advice, thinking that we know better, and then we end up in a world full of evil and blame God when it is our own faults.

We brought these issues on ourselves.

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 God is Love and precisely for this He gave His Son, to reveal Himself completely as Love. This happened exactly as prophet Isaiah affirmed: “It was our infirmities that he bore, /We had all gone astray like sheep, / each following his own way; / But the Lord laid upon him / the guilt of us all”                                                                                 Isaiah 53:4-6.

It is the revelation not only that God is Love but also the One who “pours out love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” Romans 5:5.

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In our world today humanity is pushing God away. He is like a dim light. Humanity appears to be walking in darkness; it is losing its bearing.  There is a deep spiritual battle going on between the World of Light and the World of Darkness:  “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 God does have an antidote: the Love of God. 1 John 4:7-21

In the end, the spiritual man will have the advantage over the man who sets himself up as an unbending judge of God’s actions. Continue reading WHY SO MUCH EVIL? 2

THINK GOOD HEALTH   2

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God summons us to this journey. We invite those who choose to

THINK GOOD HEALTH

Come along on this pilgrimage. We promise no material advantage. We do promise meaning and inclusion in the community of faith – think: a new liberty and a new freedom and good health.

We as pilgrims feel certain that God, the Terrific Lover, has been present in the details of our days, as we chart the course of this journey.

The Lord’s Prayer says it all: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. And if that goal were characterized with a seriousness of purpose and direction, would not God respond in love to our prayers to follow His will?

Actually there is no moderate way to read the gospel and there is no middle road to follow Jesus. We must assert ourselves with our own deepest truth and at the same time reach out with great love to another. We were made for God; we were made for love.

Do what you love, but don’t do it for the money. The attachment to money is a huge temptation to deviate from love. Remember the purpose of your career: to channel God’s love, to spread joy.

When our motives are getting and not giving, our mind becomes the source of greed — it dulls our creativity and wastes our energy. Our money is God’s money. God wants us to have whatever material support contributes to our happiness. Ask God to channel His abundance through you in a way that serves the world. Continue reading THINK GOOD HEALTH   2

OUR INNER STRUGGLES  2

       Inner Struggles

SHAKING THE BLUES

In order to deal with your inner struggles, don’t think of your past as a chain around your neck. Thank God for every detail of your life and believe that He has permitted all of these events in order to bring you to the place where you are now — closer to God.Untitled-2

We are encouraged to ask God for everything. So occupy yourself with work while you wait for God to show you the way. Perhaps you can find others who need help that you can give.

Try to enter into His presence. Don’t be afraid to try — He already knows the limitations that you have on your spiritual growth.

Those who have difficulty, yet praise God, will experience an incomparable life. No matter how difficult it is, keep your eyes off the problem and trust Him in every detail of your life. Keep praising God and move forward.

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WITHOUT FAITH WE ARE WASTING TIME 2

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FAITH — THE MAGIC OF BELIEVING: 

We can fritter away a great deal of energy with small worries and miss so much of what God has planned for us. Are we still tinkering with what is trivial or foolish?  In fact, without faith, we are wasting our time.

Are we missing out on real new possibilities? Would we not be much happier if we moved deeply with God into relationships and community with others?                                                                                                    
So why do people live out their lives in a way that suggests they are really waiting for their lives to be over in order to be with God for eternity?                                                                                                                                        
Why do people live out their lives in such a way as to become the persons that they wish to be in five or ten years? We are not talking about mentors whose lives we admire. We are talking about now, when we should accept who and what we are in the present? Some refer to this as the Sacrament of the Present Moment.                                          
It seems that we are content with shuffling along getting by with as little of life and experience as we possibly can. But if we live vigorously, the new life that becomes ours is none other than the life of God. God’s presence within life is very real and it is everywhere. One does not go outside life to find God.                                                                        
St. Augustine wrote that wisdom is not what is to come in the future, nor what has been in the past, but what is. Maybe we have to recognize these religious experiences in the matter of everyday with a little more sensitivity.

Can we sharpen the focus of the eyes of faith – in the ordinary? Faith is trusting in the force that moves the universe — it isn’t blind, just visionary.

The universe knows what it is doing and it is on our side if we have faith. Our attempts to direct this force merely interfere with it. In fact, without faith we are wasting time.  Continue reading WITHOUT FAITH WE ARE WASTING TIME 2