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WHI-1155 | A Place for Weakness

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Many Christians today buy into the idea that, through Jesus, we can have our best life now. But what happens when we become ill, depressed, or bankrupt? Did we do something wrong? Has God abandoned us? Why does God allow so many of us to suffer in various ways? On this special edition of White Horse Inn recorded before a live audience at the Liberate Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the hosts discuss these questions and more as they focus on the place of suffering in the Christian life.

Many Christians today buy into the idea that, through Jesus, we can have our best life now. But what happens when we become ill, depressed, or bankrupt? Did we do something wrong? Has God abandoned us? Why does God allow so many of us to suffer in various ways? On this special edition of White Horse Inn recorded before a live audience at the Liberate Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the hosts discuss these questions and more as they focus on the place of suffering in the Christian life.




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  • Anyone who claims to know exactly why God allows and sends His children thru horrible suffering, in my opinion, is probably mistaken. What about if we get mad at God because of prolonged suffering? I'm talking about years and years of suffering. Its easy to trust God for a time, but I've become convinced that everyone has their breaking point-- wherein, given enough pain, and time, they get tired of it and cry out to God for answers and demand an end to their suffering. Sometimes with anger towards God, and even hatred. So, what about these types? Does this mean they are not really saved, because they can't endure it, and trust God? Though they may not renounce their faith altogether, they become bitter. Is this a red flag? Or is there a category for these believers?

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  • Guest - carl peterson

    Alan,

    I worked as a chaplain for some years. I grew to understand that those who were angry were NOT the ones with the least amount of faith (usually). They still believed in God and were honestly seeking and reaching for Him. Every person is different and those who get angry because of prolonged suffering cannot be lumped into one class. However, I believe the prayer of anger towards God can bring healing. I am not arguing for everyone to be angry at God but it is often better than trying to fake feelings. Jacob wrestled with God. I think people can wrestle with God through a real life dialogue with real emotions. I think this real dialogue (whether angry, sad, happy, or whatever) shows the man or woman of real faith.

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  • Thanks Carl,

    I just got an e-mail from a fellow christian who said I lacked faith for not believing that God would help me. He proceeded to tell me to repent of my lack of faith and added "shame on you!" I felt like telling him, if he had been thru even a tenth of the suffering I'd been thru, he might find it hard to believe in Gods provision etc. too.

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