Thursday, November 08, 2007


"Is there an answer to the question of why bad things happen to good people? That depends on what we mean by 'answer.' If we mean 'is there an explanation which will make sense of it all?'--why is there cancer in the world? Why did my father get cancer? Why did the plane crash? Why did my child die?--then there is probably no satisfying answer. We can offer learned explanations, but in the end, when we have covered all the squares on the game board and are feeling very proud of our cleverness, the pain and the anguish and the sense of unfairness will still be there.

But the word 'answer' can mean 'response' as well as 'explanation,' and in that sense there may well be a satisfying answer to the tragedies in our lives. . . . In the final analysis, the question of why bad things happen to good people translates itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it has happened.

Are you capable of forgiving and accepting in love a world which has disappointed you by not being perfect, a world in which there is so much unfairness and cruelty, disease, crime, earthquake, and accident? Can you forgive its imperfections and love it because it is capable of containing great beauty and goodness, and because it is the only world we have?" Rabbi Harold Kushner

Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


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