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Why Do We Have to Suffer In This Life?
on December 1, 2013
"The Question that Never Goes Away" may be a disturbing read for some people. Philip Yancey focuses mostly on retelling the stories of many major tragedies that have rocked the world. He discusses everything from tsunamis to school shootings. He spends a lot of time describing evil things that happen in our world. Along the way he asks more questions and makes some statements that don't really seem to answer the initial question he asks. From this book we only learn that God allows history to take its course and that we can be comforted knowing that eventually in heaven there will be no more suffering or death. Some of this book addresses the hidden value of suffering.
If you have been devastated by pain and suffering or you are asking why something terrible has happened to you, you may not find all the answers in this book. The truth is that I think tragedy allows us to draw closer to God. If we are spiritual beings having a human experience then surely all that we experience is meant for our greater good. I think personally that all tragedy in my own life has made me love God more. Without suffering I may not have grown spiritually. So that is my answer and I wish the author of this book had dwelt more on this type of answer.
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