The author does an incredible job sharing his thoughts and ideas. Initially, I read Conquering Fears and it was so well written I found this book. I am starting Overcoming Life's Disappointments. Outstanding scholar. Fresh from the scar of my yonger brothers death who was killed just fortnight back in an road accident. It was and is a very traumatic experience , to get myself out of the anger and anguish I took to this book.
It was a real comfort and I felt someone journeying with me in my hard hours. The book was very well structured and there couldn't have been a better way to end where a sufferer forgives God. I could moist my eyes with Kushner for feeling his pain as well and felt that united in our tragedies. Customer Reviews See All. More Books by Harold S. Life only demands from you the strength you already possess. Only one feat is possible, not to run away. Also, God puts us in trouble waters not to scare us but to cleanse us.
I do so much good because I have the strength to stick out helping until the end. I step in when others watch. However, when doing good out of pure doing, will have a different come around then doing with sympathy or sadness. Stay strong, there are only so many of us out there. Really sometime we tried had to being good just leave and enjoy life. I have done good things to people help them to get jobs surprising they wanted me to loose my job after what I done for them is that fear. Today I asked my self why I am still good no answer Reply.
An innocent life has been forever altered, possibly to die, because of the carlessness of another. How do I survive this? I am hurting. It was my job to protect this little life. Life is not fair all the time. Thing about positive things happened in your life. That was also part of your life.
If you live for your self then nothing bad will happen. Even if bad will happen you will take responsibility of that thing. So try to search your own happiness. God bless you with happiness Reply. Nice Reply. Job was confronted with some of the worst life had to offer.
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One day he is at home worshiping and honoring G-d and a day or two later his life is all but destroyed. If my understanding is correct, it took about a year for Job to tolerate his losses, and despite the fact he was considered righteous in G-d's eyes, he was not given an explanation why he experienced his losses. In the end, he gained a deeper appreciation of G-d and His greatness. I may never know why I had cancer, but through all of the harshness of the treatments, I gained a deeper appreciation for who his is and what he does. Why does bad things happen to good people. Maybe all good people are not all good and maybe all bad people are not all bad.
Hasidism, an ancient Jewish sect holds the essential unity of creation precluding the artificial separation of the sacred and the profane. Thus there are no boundaries, which cut off the evil from redemption. In the end each person is both good and evil. And the final goal is to be sane. For sanity is more precious than anything, Reply.
They do not! They happen to everyone. Absolute everyone on one escapes bad things happening. Sorry, It is a component of life. Acceptance and Action Since G-d never answers this question it is obvious to me that the question is one of doubt in G-d. If you accept that things happen in this life, bad, good, horrible, wonderful, indifferent, and caring, the first thing you should notice is that it is your decision to label the situation. If you have an unshakable faith in G-d, you'll move forward and accept and try to alleviate and fix the situation.
Being imperfect people we often do not understand how to fix problems since most of our own problems are caused by ourselves or other people. It's actually a pretty rare problem in this world that is not caused by people. So be proactive, pay attention to what causes suffering in your community, and work daily to fix those issues wherever you can. I currently work on issues of food insecurity in my community by sharing my time, money, and inspiration on ways to eat basic, natural foods without wasting money on manufactured foods.
Food is life, water is life, kindness is life! Not all questions do. And it's not our job or "god's" job to provide us with an answer for a question that does not have an answer. If it were possible to find an answer we would have found one. There is no answer. But just because that question does not have an answer it does not mean, that it doesn't address a horrible problem in this world, if not THE problem of this world. A problem which makes the thought of a "benevolent god" impossible. The real question isn't why good things happen to bad people.
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It's why do we ask ourselves this question? What I'm trying to say, is that we do not want an answer to that question.
We want to get rid of that question. We don't even want to be asking this question. Why are we asking this question, if there is a "benevolent" god out there? Why does he put us in a position where we question suffering of good people? There are no good nor bad people. Everyone is pretty much equal and tragic event could happen to anyone; good or bad.
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I must say, I have to disagree with this article. Even if we were to find a suitable explanation for such a question, I do not think that we would see suffering and be unmoved, most human beings are compassionate at least I hope so and would naturally be inclined to give a helping hand, even with the explanation, as the suffering remains all the same. I believe it would be better rather to say, that even with the explanation to the question, it would not make a difference, the suffering still exists, In my opinion we should do all we can to alleviate suffering, because if we understand why it is or is not, it will exist regardless.
I think you're wrong people are only compassionate so long as people are innocent nobody cares if Hitler was put down in a horrible torturous way. Or that a manslaughtering rapist is spending the rest of his days in prison. The point is compassion is only for the innocent if we could rationalize it we would surely be less compassionate if at all.
I think this is one of the most helpful discussions of this question I've run across. It's not a question we can, or should, answer. That makes it an assignment: when you see bad things happening to people, do something to help if you can. Sharla, that is the most intelligent thing anyone has ever said on this thread! Great comment! Thank you! When I see bad things happening to good people, i help immediately.
But what about my suffering. Helping others is just going to give a sort of satisfaction, but it does not sort out the bad things that has ever happened to me so far. Please Donate. Please partner with Chabad. Thank you to:. Here's a great tip! Enter your email address to get our weekly email with fresh, exciting and thoughtful content that will enrich your inbox and your life.
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