You stub your toe on a table leg. You passionately address the table, and perhaps even the gods who you may not believe in, with certain derogatory words and accusations which your mother would never have approved of... You wonder why the gods allowed your throbbing toe to make contact with such a solid object … Continue reading WHY DOESN’T GOD STOP BAD THINGS FROM HAPPENING?
What do you do when you're down and troubled? Do you cuddle the dog? Do you put the TV on? Do you pop a pill or light a joint? We've probably all had someone tell us when we're down that there are people worse off than us. That's supposed to cheer us up. But as … Continue reading WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AND TROUBLED
Who won the cup final in 1957? All correct answers will receive a...well...they won't receive anything (except perhaps a big smile). Welcome to all you fine people out there who are brave enough to consider the causes of suffering rather than trying to ignore them. Part six of my up-dated series on suffering (first published … Continue reading WHY DO WE SUFFER? Part 6: TESTING
Why does a new car devolve into a rusted, broken wreck? Why do the weeds keep coming back in the garden? Why do we get sick? Why does life sometimes seem like an unwinnable battle... (Picture by Marlith) I'm tackling the problem of suffering from a Biblical point of view, because I really believe that the Bible gives … Continue reading WHY DO WE SUFFER? 4: THE CURSE
Perhaps I should re-name this series "How to be Hugely Successful and Have a Fun-Filled Life", or "How to Impress All Your New Boyfriends": I think my view count would soar. Apologies to those who've responded to the "How to Be Hugely Successful" tag. But then, avoiding trouble can lead to success, can it not? It seems … Continue reading WHY DO WE SUFFER? Part 3: HUMAN NATURE