Questioning God - Why We Don't Get Him!

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Too often in life we find ourselves questioning God and his loving nature. We ask, if there truly is a loving God, then why is there so much suffering? Why do people we love get sick, die, hurt? Why do people hurt other people? Why are there so many hungry children? Why is there rape, murder, hate? We hear many points of view. The atheist will say, there is no God, and it's pure foolishness to believe. Some Christians will say, we just need to accept what is given to us, and be joyful. But it does not matter what man says, what matters is what God says through the bible. If we want to discover the truth, we need to search for it, for "if we seek the truth, we will find it."

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God Is Just Too Great To Understand

That is what I did, I searched, and I have found many truths. There are so many, that I can only relay a few here. Ones that I feel are most important. My first answer was when Lee Strobel questions Peter John Kreeft PhD, a philosophy professor at Boston College in his book The Case For Faith . Peter Kreeft explained why often we have trouble understanding God, in a way that allowed me to truly understand Him better.

He tells a story about a hunter who found a trapped bear. The only way the hunter could set the bear free was to subject the bear to more pain by first shooting the bear full of drugs to calm the bear, so that the hunter could approach. In the eyes of the bear, the hunter is harming him, in the eyes of the hunter, he is doing a necessary thing in order to free the bear. Once the hunter is able to approach the bear, he has to force the terrified bears paw further into the trap to release it, setting the bear free. In the eyes of the bear, the hunter is doing him more harm. But in the eyes of the hunter, he is acting out of compassion. The bear can't understand the hunter’s intentions because he is too different to understand him. Just as God is not here to hurt us but to help us, but we are too different to understand Him. Could our pain and suffering really help us?

Now I can think of many ways that God has helped me as a result of allowing pain and suffering, but then why are there people who are raped? How could that help any person? So as much as this story brings me comfort, I don’t feel this fully satisfied that I have found answers to my innermost questions.

Pain On Earth, Is Such a Short Time In Eternity

Okay, so God sometimes allows pain to free us of things. To help us learn, and guide us. But we need to realize where the pain is coming from. Our God is good. There is nothing bad about Him. One thing to realize about this Earth is we are not regulated by the balance of good and evil. Good is not the opposite of evil. Evil only exists in the absence of good. Since God is good, evil is merely the absence of God. So why would God allow us on Earth where we have an absence of God. The short answer is we chose to be separate from God.

The moment Eve took a bite of the forbidden fruit, man had decided to separate themselves from God. But only until our death, assuming we choose to be with God in the afterlife. We have the choice to live for eternity, and our life on Earth is a mere speck in eternity. Which means we will only live a short time where we will suffer pain assuming we choose to live with God in our afterlife.

Many people will say how childbirth is the most painful experience your body can endure. Though, I have experienced lots of physical pain, I have not gotten the opportunity to have a child naturally. But I do remember what my mom had to say about her own experience with childbirth. She said, at the time it seems like it’s never going to end, but once you have that beautiful little being in your arms, it's like you forget all about the pain. It's all worth the few, or for some, many hours you are in labor.

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Despite that I have never had that experience, I have experienced pain that is extreme. Then just as quickly as it arrives, it's gone. I would forget about it, yet remember it all at the same time. I'm assuming that's what it's like minus the gorgeous baby in your arms. Then it got me thinking. In my short lifetime, I have been in and out of hospitals and in excruciating pain. Once I have gotten over these hurdles, they were a mere blink in my life. Well, I will be living for eternity. Years from now, my life on this earth will be a mere blink as well. The pain, the sorrow, the hurt: I might remember it, maybe not, but even if I do, they will be a mere memory.

Our time on earth is like the birthing process to God, when this life is gone and we are in our true home. The pains not going to matter in the grand scheme of His awesome plan. It will be just a few seconds in our life in eternity. We’ll feel as though it was all worth it, because in the end we'll have a beautiful existence in His presence.

We Reach Out To Him When We Are In Pain

I then began thinking about how God is bigger and different being than us, just like we are different beings than the cub. To God, our time on earth is like a few hours in history. I believe every time we have true pain, He's experiencing it with us. He doesn't stop us, because it's important for us to hurt and explore, get angry and question. If we don't get angry or hurt, we won't explore or question. We would never grow and our time on earth would be purposeless to our birth into our new world.

Also, pain allows us to see how insignificant our life is. This is not meant to make you feel depressed, but to empower God. God wants us to remember that we need Him. We can't go far in this world without His Guidance and His Help. By giving us hardships, it allows us to stop and think about our greatest need and that is for His love, His presence, and His salvation.

One thing we often forget is God never promised us that we would be exempt from pain, just because we believe in Him. In fact, it's often the exact opposite. For instance, in John he states, "These things have I spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

Though I may never truly know why God allows such pain, I don't think I need to. I just need to grow and develop. In the end this is only a fragment in eternity with God, just as to a mother the birth of her baby is just a few moments in the life she’ll have with him. Yet, still I hurt, but it’s okay.

© 2010 Angela Michelle

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Anthony Isaac Wells 2 years ago

2 Corinthians 4:4, " The god of this age(Satan)has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that display the glory of Christ, who is the image of god. Christians believe that Christ is god, but this verse clearly states that Satan is the god of this world. So, is Satan and Christ one and same person? Satan was indeed one of the sons of God (Lucerfer the light bearer) in Genesis 6 that was kick out of heaven and Christ say that he is god. So, if Satan and Christ is the one and same, this would explain why the cross covers the whole world . If this is the case the cross would be the mark of the beast . While the Pope would be the Beast Harlot of the world . The Roman Catholic Church. It would also explain why there is no peace in the world.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Ms Dee, I'm going to have to look into those. I haven't heard of him. I'll look him up on youtube. Plus put the books on swaptree in hopes I can get them through there. :)


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Ms Dee 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Great thoughts! I appreciate your hub. As you develop your theology of suffering, I'd like to suggest "God at War: The Bible & Spiritual Conflict" and "God of the Possible: A Biblical Introduction to the Open View of God" both by Gregory A. Boyd. (Check him out on YouTube, as well.) Developing your theology on this early will serve you well later in life. You go girl!


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Your welcome. Tell me what you think!


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada

Thanks angela_michelle, I will look it up =)


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

The bear example was first read in Case for Faith by Lee Strobel, I strongly recommend that book. It really helped me with my walk.


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada

angela_michelle I loved ur article, very inspiring and motivating =) I liked the bear example, very eye opening.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you for your comment! Glad to see another Christian on here!


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mjane24 6 years ago from panabo city

God allowed pain for himself and so we can be save through him,we feel pain also because God's purpose..thank God because He cares us


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you very much. I was actually pretty young when I wrote it. I had just gone through more than most people twice my age had gone through, and learning about the world and God.


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kathypi 6 years ago from CANADA

Beautifully written, I enjoyed reading this,KATHY


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

I'm glad you were able to find humor in a kidney stone... something few can. I think you are absolutely right on. We won't know true joy unless we first know pain!


SamAntone 6 years ago

I also treated this subject in one of my hubs (about Children).

Yes, I'm thinking that we are allowed pain, so to appreciate the lack of it when we leave this world. I don't think you can know true joy and exhilaration without first knowing pain.

I had a kidney stone once, and couldn't believe the pain and discomfort of it. I was told that this was the next thing closest to giving birth. Therefore, I decided to give the kidney stone a name.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

I have learned the very same thing. I actually wrote this a long time ago. It was probably one of my first couple years going through infertility. I have come a long way in understanding God... although I have a long way to get.Yes, He is an amazing God, and we could never fathom what he knows.... "Lean not on our own understanding..." right. :)


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Smokes Angel 6 years ago from Broke Alabama

What I have learned from my own pain is that often we can help others by what we go through. It makes us more compassionate and understanding. The other concept I have read on this, isn't very nice but there is some truth to it. We were all born sinners and God is Holy. He created the earth and has purposes for it all so how can we question what He does from a human standpoint? I have asked the same question for years Angie.

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