Over Spring Break, my family traveled to Eureka Springs, Arkansas to visit my family that reside in Kansas. Eureka Spring is an amazing town nestled in the Ozark Mountains. On our way, we visited the Precious Moments Chapel and saw a replica of the resurrection of Christ. In Eureka Springs, they have a play performed in the summer called the Passion Play and they also have replica of the resurrection of Christ and the theater is set to look like Bethlehem. Seeing all of these things sparked good conversation with my 12-year-old son, but it also brought back some sad and troublesome memories for myself. Growing up as a Christian, I helped my mom prepare for our local churches theatrical version of the resurrection. I was raised that because Jesus loved me, he had died for my sins. I was about 5ish when I attended the play. At one moment, Jesus walks between the pews of the church with slash marks across his back, a crown of thorns draped on his brow, blood running down his head and carrying a cross. The cross he would die on. As such a young child, I was horrified… what had I done for Jesus a man of love, to suffer in such a horrible way. I burst into hysterics and my mom had to escort me …show more content…
It is just an experience I cannot seem to overcome. We have read and discussed in this class moments we’ve experienced God, in our lives and in our hearts. And prior to the trip I had dismissed this childhood experience. Today, reflecting back I understand more about myself. One of those reflections is that I feel very deeply, I am very empathetic and the suffering of others, is the suffering of myself. Perhaps, this is one genuine way God has touched my life. He has taught me to love unconditionally, to help the weak, the poor and the hungry, he gave me a compassionate heart and a deep desire to live my life by his standards, so that no one suffers again by my
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Loss of Faith In life our personalities, identities and our sheer existence are constantly changing, developing, and altering for worse or for the better. Some find peace, and others fall into pits of chaos. There are those who develop new identities and tear old ones down, some find God and others look for new answers as their faith deteriorates. Many things affect what happens to our identity, and our faith but out of all, experiencing trauma, and witnessing horrific events are life changing.
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ was and is a miraculous, horrible, and amazing thing all in one. Jesus was created by God, His father, and placed into Mary’s womb to be born as a sinless man. From the time that Jesus was placed in Mary, God knew His plan for Jesus and what He would have to do one day. God knew when he spoke man into existence that we would be sinless creatures in need of an almighty Savior. Even though I, and many others, hate to think about what our Savior went through, I believe it is important.
During the Holocaust Jews were marked with the Star of David on their clothes ( Young, pg192). The badge was used to humiliate the Jews and to segregate them to keep watch (Holocaust Encyclopedia). Soon this was the death of six million Jews. Because of the Holocaust people lost their faith but this should not change the way of traditional belief in God. During the Holocaust, lots of people died and maybe some lost their faith, but I believe that the faith of many people grew.
It is a convenient and comforting respond to unfortunate and even devastating ‘fate’. The pain becomes bearable to those who suffer because it is all part of a bigger plan, it is more than ‘you’. This concept is also built upon an irrational fundamental attitude, “the surrender of self to the ordering power of society.” (54) The problem of theodicy does not end at that.
Everyone Grows Up Sometime: Coming of Age in To Kill a Mockingbird Prior to the spring break of my seventh grade year, I didn’t know how harsh the world could really be. I mean I knew about sickness, violence, death, all that good stuff, but I just sort of blew it off because nothing in my life had happened to where I needed to face those things. When I was 12 during spring break, I was as happy as any child would be on their spring vacation, but one day my parents pulled me and my brother aside and told us some pretty devastating news. They had told us that our grandfather had passed away in a house fire a few days ago.
I was in a very dark place in my life when I read my very first Bible verse. I was at a trip with my school, and the facility we were visiting had Jeremiah 29:11-13 posted on the wall. Most of my peers payed little to no attention to it, but I could not stop reading it. I remember being full of bitterness and
Losing faith one train ride at a time Many began to lose faith in their god when going through a hardship. It is difficult to have faith in a god who has permitted harm on innocent people. They began to lose hope in survival and began to believe that god may be unjust. In Night by Elie Wiesel, Eliezer starts off as a very religious Jew.
This annual events mission was to usher gay students back to wholeness and “victory in Christ” by trying to convert the students back to heterosexuals. The local churches had been hyping up the program to their teenagers and the students had shown up to school that day wearing their Day of Truth t-shirts. One of the students that had committed suicide Justin Aberg came home to his mom that day and told his mom that the students at school said “he was going to hell because he was gay”. Justin’s mom told him “that’s not true. God loves everybody”.
“I have learned that the Father relentlessly works to reshape his blood-brought children into the likeness of his son...our task, however, is not merely to endure suffering, but to embrace it, find God on it and draw closer to him through it. Simply put, ‘There is no remedy for this darkness but to sink in it.” A quote from Bruce Demarest, found in his book Seasons of the Soul, discusses the three stages of spiritual development, orientation, disorientation, and reorientation. Disorientation is the stage where trials and sufferings are faced, but most importantly, a stage where we use our pains and sufferings to help us grow. Murray Decker explains disorientation as a stage of “lostness and dryness.”
In his book, The Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis writes, “It behooves you, therefore, to remember the great, serious things others have suffered for Me, so that you may the more lightly bear your little grief” (Guinness, pg.
I depended on my works for God to be pleased with me and actually love me. I feared His rejection and I became dependent on my self-righteousness. However, God stayed with me and proved His unconditional love over and over. He healed my mind and brought me back into a trusting love relationship with Him. Even though I still struggle with the repercussions of that view, God is working in me and helping me trust Him more each day.
It’s no secret that everyone is created as imperfect human beings because ultimately, that is the cause of our messy lives. Since we are flawed human beings, were more susceptible to stray away from God and his plan for each and every one of us. As a result, we desperately need God’s love and mercy to steer us back on the path he has already paved for us. We all let emotions take the best of us weather that’s anger, frustration, or even regrets, but the key is to trust in God and let him take take full control of your life because you will uncover the greatest gift of his divine eternal grace. Lisa Harper is a popular bible teacher, speaker, and author.
“The deep truth is that our human suffering need not be an obstacle to the joy and peace we so desire, but can become, instead, the means to it. The great secret of the spiritual life, the life of the Beloved Sons and daughters of God, is that everything we live, be it gladness or sadness, joy or pain, health or illness, can all be part of the journey toward the full realization of our humanity” Henri