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Comment on Why Does God Allow Hurt? by Nathan Z. Solomon

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 23:47:49 +0000

Starting that the bottom paragraph of your reply, No, I will never rebuke or condemn you in any way. We are all human. If I did that, I would be trying to get the splinter out of your eye, while having a log in my own. This is going to take some time for you to work through and I can certainly help you to some degree. But I would also recommend a counselor who has excellent biblical knowledge, but also has an emotional component. My counselor used to tell me he would see men in seminary who were simply "brains on a stick" (i.e no heart). If you do try to get a counselor, know that it may take you several tries to find a good that fits you. I remember going to a counselor who called herself a Christian, only to find out that she used the term defined as Non-Jew, Non-Hindu, Non-Islamic, etc; so by default she was a Christian. But she didn't know one thing about the Bible. The stories for Job and Joseph (especially the first parts), echo our lives. Too many times I've held to Job 3 (I wish I were never born). I can tell you after talking with my counselor for 7 years, that the feelings you are having, the understanding that seems so confusion now to you, is normal for those of us who have been through our upbringing the way we have. I'm just saying that people (especially guys) like us have gone through some common stuff where we've been brought to this point. I can tell you I made the very same declarations and for a time, drew the very same conclusions: God doesn't care or God doesn't exist or what is the "good" that God is speaking about in Rom 8:28 when all I have felt is pain, sorrow, loss? It took me a long while to understand God and why our lives generally speaking, suck. I'll gladly share what I know. But like on The Matrix, "I can show you the door, but you're the one who needs to walk through it". So don't just accept what I say as "fact". Evaluate it. Talk it over with yourself and others and see if it fits your situation. Ask questions of me and of those around you who you trust. I call these people who are trustworthy, "non-toxic" or "safe". Bless your heart (and I use that as a blessing, not a statement made before I'm about to put you down like some Southerners do), I truly sympathize with you. Your model of trust is correct. You should certainly give some small amount of trust to start any relationship and then if they fail you, then they have broken that trust and you should never trust them again. So far...all of the above has nothing truly "wise" or asks you in any way to change who you are or what you're thinking. So, what I'd like from you, is your permission to try and speak into your life before I start to spout off "this, that and the other thing". If you just want to vent, I totally understand that. Usually it was while I vented to myself or my wife or someone else that I "got" something. Just let me know that you just need to vent and I'll gladly simply respond with "I understand" or "Yep...same as me"...responses. Just let me know how I can help you. One thing I will offer is a question: Why does God allow such horror in our lives, such loss, such pain? Could it be that it's meant to cause us to do exactly what we did and are doing? Questioning God, asking the hard questions? Trying to understand who He really is? Why things aren't the way they should be when God has all this power? Sorry...that's lots of questions. :-) As I mentioned, my Email is somewhere on this page and I leave it up to you as to which way you want to communicate with me: Email or via this WordPress discussion. Either way is fine with me. Allow me to say that while going through what I went through and the end results, I now understand that God allowed all this pain, loss, hurt in my life for some important reasons. One of those reasons was to allow me to choose (from my perspective) my response:[...]

Comment on Why Does God Allow Hurt? by Jeffrey Scott

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:55:34 +0000

Well, Nathan, I have to say that your response is probably the first I've ever gotten that shows somebody "gets it". Usually, you just hear the same old platitudes that either aren't Biblical (not in the Bible) or aren't helpful. Like you, I think, I stay alive not for myself, but for others. The problem I have is is that that is NOT the right reason to keep on living. Also, it means I sure as heck ain't living for God. And personally, I think the story of Job shows that God is IMMORAL and MEAN. He sure must think a lot of Himself to think he can just **** with people's lives and there isn't a thing we can do about it. That's just sick in the mind. As for trusting God, WHY? When I first accepted Jesus I gave Him complete trust unconditionally. And what did I get for that? Things got worse, which at the time I didn't think was possible. And my philosophy is, I give you trust at the start, but if YOU destroy that trust, it becomes YOUR responsibility to earn it back. And God has done NOTHING to earn back my trust, so it isn't happening. As for God not liking "quitters", I don't care. HE quit on me! So what He thinks just doesn't really matter anymore. And besides, if we have free will in this "relationship", then that's our choice and who cares what He thinks? I did NOT ask to be born. I had NO choice in that, but I have to live with the suffering that comes with that? Don't talk to me about God being fair or loving. Had I been given the choice, I wouldn't have said no, I'd have said HELL NO!. As for expectations, I'm like you, I expected FAR too much from God. I expected Him to be good, loving, fair, kind, helpful and protective. My mistake! And, though I'm not sure this is what you meant, you said "Expectation is hope". So, since I no longer have ANY expectations, I no longer have hope either. The pain of expectations being disappointed time after time after time is just too much. As for God having to sometimes hurt us to protect us, b*******. As a parent, if I KNOW that my child will ride their bike out onto a freeway and into the path of a semi and don't do anything about it, how is that protecting my child? I'd go to jail for negligence. He KNOWS, but does NOTHING! That is NOT, NOT, NOT, NOT, NOT love! That's deflecting responsibility for what you created. People say the pot (us) has no right to judge the potter. But, I say we absolutely do. If I'm the potter and create an imperfect pot, one with holes, so it leaks, is that the pot's fault? But we hold God to a different standard? I don't think so. And how can God be "good" if He KNOWS that what he puts in my path makes me a WORSE person? How can I "carry the Gospel to the world" when faith made me worse, not better? Why would I bring that misery to others? And I am SO TIRED of hearing "God turns all for good". That is the biggest lie of them all. Some stuff is just crap and will never smell like anything else. God has NEVER brought anything good from my suffering or tragedies. NEVER! There will NEVER be good come from my experiences because a seed can only produce it's own. By His own requirements, a "crap" seed can NEVER grow into a "good" seed. That's HIS law. He doesn't care about us. His word says He will leave the 99 sheep to find the 1 lost sheep. But He's never come after me. All He cares about is His precious plan, which is an absurd and unsupportable plan. Believing otherwise is just closing our eyes to reality. But I appreciate the opportunity to vent to someone who doesn't just condemn me to hell for "blasphemy".

Comment on Why Does God Allow Hurt? by Nathan Z. Solomon

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:38:45 +0000

Is free will a hoax even if God knows everything? To God, you're right...there is no such thing free will because to Him, everything is done. It's already done. Here's a cool video to help you see how God sees time. Follow along with the exercise until the end and you'll get a close idea of how God sees time: This video agrees with your position. God does not see our will as free because He already knows what will happen. Here is another thing God does not do: Hope. Since God knows what will happen, there's no need for Him to hope that something will happen. It will...just as He has always seen it from before the World began. God doesn't get surprised either. "Oh my! What did Nathan just do? I didn't expect that!" God doesn't say those words...ever. However, God did not create the World and maybe even the Universe for Him. He didn't need it. Which is another thing God never does...need. So, in your mind, try and think about your view of the World and time. To you, do you have a choice? Sometimes that choice is constrained...very constrained. Sometimes the choice feels like I can either kill myself or go through a horrible life...and yes, I have been there. But, ultimately, it's still a choice. At certain points in almost every day, I look at my life and say, just like Job 3...I wish I never existed. But I exist. The only other alternative is to commit suicide. Here are the reasons I don't: 1) I do have a family that needs me to stick around. Even though my kids have grown to some degree, they aren't fully independent. So I should stick around. 2) God doesn't like quitters. If you do a search on Youtube for NDE (near death experience) Suicide, you will find that those who attempted suicide and God met with while their spirit was out of their body, He wasn't particularly happy with them. It's not that He didn't love them. It's just He knows they "chose poorly" (reference to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). They quit too soon. One of the things you're going to find, as I have found is that life is not easy. For some, it is easier than others, but there are those of us for which life gets so hard that we just want to die. But God is asking us to trust Him through this. As "big" as that sounds, allow me to break it down a bit. God is asking you to remain in this moment. Just this moment. Then when the next moment comes, if you are still here, then God wants you here too. Be here. Just here. One of the biggest traps of people like us because of the pain we have suffered is to look at our past where the pain came from and project it into the future. It's not that it's not normal to do that. It is...very normal. But it hurts and just continues the cycle of pain for us, causes us to ruminate (think about negative thoughts repeatedly until we are very very depressed). 3) My expectations were too high. When I was growing up, my Dad was successful. He had a good job, a house, two boys, a wife and decent income. In addition, he built additions on to his home and he created a Bible College and Institute and was a deacon, head deacon (Elder). So like most normal people and even most normal Christians, if God truly loves me, He will give me a decent life. I'm not talking wealth. I'm talking not too poor and not too rich, but stable. But that didn't happen. So I did some reading in the Bible and found that God calls us to suffer. Heb 12:6 (disciplined, chastised), John 15 - if you're His, what does He do? Pat you on the back and tell you what a wonderful person you are? Hope...He prunes us. Pruning sucks and it hurts...just like an amputation. But this God does because He loves us. I'll get to how you can connect the dots from pain to love in a moment. But we're now talking about expectation. Expectation is hope. Yep...same thing. But our hopes are not par[...]

Comment on Why Does God Allow Hurt? by Jeffrey Scott

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:36:02 +0000

Free will is a hoax. God knows EVERYTHING past, present and future. Therefore, He already knows EXACTLY what you will do and has eternity to work it out, but doesn't. For free will to exist you MUST be able to surprise God. Since He already knows everything, you can NOT surprise HIm. Thus, free will does NOT exist. We are just actors playing our part in His grand drama. And some are heroes and some are the subject of the tragic story.

Comment on Why Does God Allow Hurt? by Jeffrey Scott

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:30:32 +0000

If God loves me so much, can He love me a little less please?! I'll gladly do without and He can go love someone else a little more. I think I'll survive with less pain and less tragedy. Yeah, you probably figured out I don't think much of God's "love". A good God does NOT allow the amount of suffering some people go through. There is NO justification, NO great purpose, just massive suffering while others prosper beyond anything anyone could have imagined. He doesn't play favorites? Of course He does, EVERY day!

Comment on Why Does God Allow Hurt? by Cindy Solomon

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:27:42 +0000

Karen ... we DO love him ... as we do love you. You are mistaken though about the "15 years". We have tried to have a relationship and it was exclusively by his and your choosing to alienate the family for whatever reason. It was so great, the 2 weeks in 2011 we got to spend with Nathan after Dad's passing. We had hope that a corner had been turned and our family was being repaired. There is nothing I would love more than to have a relationship with all of you ... AND to help you "deal with someone majorly depressed." I do not know how you are handling this alone. Additionally, I believe that Nathan needs to repair the broken relationships to begin the healing process. Nevertheless ... if you truly feel that contact with us will do more harm than good I will certainly not make contact again. Know that we pray for you and for Nathan daily and that we are always available should you need us.

Comment on Why Does God Allow Hurt? by Karen Solomon

Tue, 31 May 2016 01:49:41 +0000

I think it's interesting how you seem to "know" my husband so well but you do not take into account that you, and his family, have not been a part of his life for more than 15 years! You also do not know what happened to him as a child and through his growing up years, but yet you write as though you lived it with him. And for you to comment about his co-worker, you truly know NOTHING about that situation! You act as if you knew this co-worker but you did NOT! You say she was in a committed relationship. Did you know that it was with a MARRIED MAN who had children of his own!? And that she tried to have relationships with other men she was working with? I think you, and your family, need a "Reality" check. I certainly hope that you NEVER have to deal with anyone who is majorly depressed and has suicidal ideations, because I believe they probably would go through with the act of suicide because of your foolishness. Also, how can you say that you all love him when you have not even tried to contact him in any way, except through this public blog. Please, do not make any more comments or try to reach out in any way now. Just leave us alone.

Comment on Why Does God Allow Hurt? by brittnybliss

Tue, 31 May 2016 00:44:50 +0000

You are entitled to your OPINIONS of what transpired and HE is entitled to his feelings towards what Happened to him in those various situations. I myself feel I have been wronged by my ex and my ex views things totally different. IT does not make it a lie because My feelings differ from how my ex views it.I don't even think this is the place for you to put up this against him anyways. This should have been done in private.

Comment on Why Does God Allow Hurt? by Cindy Solomon

Mon, 30 May 2016 13:56:53 +0000

We love you … but more importantly, God loves you. But God has been trying to break down your pride and you continue to reel. God cannot move in your life as long as YOU are in the way. You must start by doing away with this fairytale reality that you have created. I believe you have told these stories so many times that you now believe them to be reality. When you tell stories of childhood abuse, abuses by other family members and abuses by co-workers … although by this time I am sure you believe they are true … you are actually believing a lie. I say this not to hurt you, but to help. As odd as that may sound, I only want to see healing in your life and I am confident that cannot happen as long as you persist in dishonoring your parents, carrying hatred for your family and being unloving to your fellow man. Whether true or untrue, anyone reading your posts can clearly see the anger, hatred and jealousy coupled with zero forgiveness. In Mark 11:25 Jesus says, “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” How can God move in your life if you are failing to forgive others for what you perceive to be true? Point 1 – Your father was not abusive to you in any fashion, and certainly not as a “baby.” Anyone who reads these tales of abuse should wonder how you could possibly remember events that transpired in infancy. It is simply not possible and more importantly, it did not happen. Culturally, you are the first born male in a middle-eastern family … just by birth order you were infallible. In addition, you were the perfect child. You did not “cry too much” nor were you ever disobedient. You are remembered as the son who excelled at everything and never did wrong. Proverbs 20:20 says, “If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.” You cannot ever expect peace or comfort in your own mind if you continue to harbor hatred toward your parents. Point 2 – Your brother never took advantage of you … used you … stole anything from you … or was trying to control you. Much like your parents, your brother adored you. He aspired to be like you. And even today, wants to help you in any way possible. 1 John 2: 9-11 says, “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” In addition, in Matthew 5:23-24, we are reminded, “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.” In other words, as long as you persist in hating your brother, God cannot work in your life. And, if you truly believe your brother wronged you in some way, burden is on you to seek reconciliation. Point 3 – Your co-worker did not “sexually abuse” you. The reality is that you started to have feelings for her and she spurned your attention. You are a married man … she was in a committed relationship … why would she act any differently? Now that these “realities” are in view, I stress again I do not want to hurt you. I truly believe that your depression will only worsen if you do not work with what is “real”. I love you … your Mother loves you … your brother loves you. It hurts us every day to see you suffering and we pray for your comfort daily. You say “God is not doing anything that I can see ….” He really is doing something, but not what YOU want. He is trying to mo[...]

Comment on Why Does God Allow Hurt? by Nathan Z. Solomon

Sat, 07 May 2016 21:10:37 +0000

Anyway I can get my comments remove (Nathan Solomon or Nathan Z. Solomon)? My depression is overtaking me and I really don't want to be seen or heard by anyone. All that I've said is true. But just because it's true doesn't make it any easier. Life sucks and though God is with me, He's not doing anything I can see and I feel worthless, hated, ostracized, broken. I have no money to see my Psychiatrist or my counselor. All my prayers have done nothing that I know of. "Father God! Please make me non-existent! I'm so done with life!"