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Entry Date: 2012-02-18 10:27:34
Subject: Why Does a Good God Allow Suffering?

Last Friday while we were counseling one of the new boys and working on dinner, Carlitos fell in the shower and cut his head. We presume he fell because of a seizure. He was discovered a few minutes later with a lot of blood and we rushed him to the ER. The doc gave him three stitches and asked about his condition and medication. We told him about the cerebral palsy and he was taking Depakene twice a day for the seizures.

After more questioning and a bit of research, he came up with a new medication to help control the seizures along with anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory med. We paid, left and went to the pharmacy. Of course the local pharmacies don't stock anything beyond the most commonly used stuff, so they did not have the seizure medication. We bought the other meds and went home. Carlitos was having anywhere from 2-4 seizures daily on Depakene. Since taking the anti-inflammatory in addition to Depakene, his seizures have stopped for a solid week. This has not happened in two years.

We asked our friend that works with medical teams and does a bit of research herself about the possibility of an anti-inflammatory med stopping seizures and as well if it was safe to continue taking it. She looked up what we bought and found that it was the med she takes daily for arthritis. She said the only concern was if his stomach could take it. Paula and John took Carlitos to the doctor this morning to remove stitches, but they are going to ask him about the medication.

So this is just one small example. A poor disabled child cuts his head open on ceramic tile and ends up better as a result. Does a good God allow suffering? How much more does He care about our eternal well being? How much suffering might He allow into our lives to save us from an eternity without Him? We want to blame God for everything bad and congratulate ourselves for the good.


John 3:16-18

The Message (MSG)

 16-18 "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.


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re: Why Does a Good God Allow Suffering?  by Mike Jones on Saturday February 18, 2012
     re: Why Does a Good God Allow Suffering?  by Mark on Saturday February 18, 2012

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