St. Therese said, “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart ; it is a simple look turned towards heaven.” Contained within that quote is the foundation from which prayer both flows out of and builds upon: humility. In looking towards heaven, we realize that we are nothing, that we cannot make anything happen in our relationship to God. Prayer is only possible because God first seeks us. Humility, seeing ourselves as God sees us, allows us to turn our gaze towards him, laying down all pride and misconceptions. It is so easy to try and apply what we know of broken human relationships oto our relationship with God: the feeling that we have seek others out in order to be loved, that we have to always appear perfect, that we have to see results in relationships for it to be worth it are just a few.
There is always a counterbalance for everything which is why humans were given the freedom to choose whether to follow the good or evil because evil will always exist with good. Therefore, the Word of God plays an important role of determining what is good which Saint Ignatius listened and obeyed throughout his life journey. The movie, Ignacio De Loyola, which portrays Ignatius ' life, has led me to realize as to how God can turn my lowest points into opportunities for Him to reveal Himself as well as how the powers of darkness continues to linger upon the lives of Christians each day. Ignacio de Loyola encountered a desolating experience when he received a fatal injury during the Battle of Pamplona which led him to know about God 's love and to sacrifice his vices and worldly possessions for the glory of God. I was amazed by how God was able to turn his misery into blessings.
Contrary to the gods presented in Things Fall Apart, God was presented in Dostoevsky’s novel as the all powerful and omnipresent God of love and forgiveness, much like God’s image that Christians know of. He sacrificed his only son, Jesus, who had died at the cross for humanity’s salvation. He is regarded as the absolute truth and whoever accepts Him will join Him in His kingdom where there is no more suffering and only joy. Father Zossima once spoke about the infinite love that God has while healing and blessing the peasants. He said that God’s love is too great for a human mind to comprehend.
The existential question of suffering has plagued humankind for millennia. Numerous philosophies and theologies have attempted to explain the reality of suffering in the world. Answers range from there being no meaning to suffering to those who see suffering as having redemptive value. The book of Job in the Bible recognizes God’s sovereignty and justice in the midst of suffering. For the Christian, the question of the question suffering becomes particularly difficult: why would God allow suffering?
Every man is antagonized at the forefront of affliction, and the unpretentious consideration of one’s suffering will unite societies together in communal empathy. Affliction is the price humanity must pay to be humbled by the grace of God. To accrue the divinity of God, there must be a presence of love and comfortability with truth. Simone indicates that the only way to fully consent to Gods divine love and justice is when all actions are done out of compassion for others. She defines this as a certain madness; the type of madness that overcomes all social commands, corruption, and
However, being a God of love and justice; Hence, He loves unconditionally and unfailingly and His judgment is the scepter of truth and righteousness. So, when He learned that Adam and Eve sinned against Him, He did not curse them in anger for disobeying His command. But instead, He considerately spoke to them and listened to their hearts compassionately; And God believed their testimony that He sharply turned to the evil serpent and cursed him and his existence for as long as he lives, but for Adam and Eve, God only pronounced them the just punishment their sin deserved—Adam would be raising his family through painful labor of the ground and Eve would be experiencing painful childbearing. Distinctively, after this incident, as a show of love and forgiveness, God affectionately made for them garments out of animal skin to keep them warm. (Genesis 3:9-21)In human term, parents usually discipline their children to correct their misconducts, because they love them.
3. The State of Questions The Thomist philosophy holds the great evil can separate man from God, while the great good is a loving union with God . Stumps, then, underlines suffering as a way to temper the human soul. The account of God’s love and the human desire for unity between God and man are morally sufficient reason for understanding God’s allowing of suffering. So, every act of suffering directly benefits the sufferer, and it is entirely willed by God .
4.3.3 Anti-Euthanasia Arguments Firstly, opponents argue that not all deaths are painful. And even though diseases are painful and suffering, the patient should bear such a suffering as a human being . Religious people believe that all human being is the decision of God, and that correpondingly imposes certain limits on us. Our lives are not only solely for us to deal with. This means to kill oneself, or to require someone else to do it, is to deny the will of God, and God's rights over our lives since It is also God’s right to choose our life scan and the way to end our lives.
In the Christian life, we do not suffer for nothing, for everything can find meaning when we incorporate it into Christ. In this secularized world, there is no idea or concern to search the cause for the particular problem especially for the problem of suffering because it transcends man himself and goes beyond his understanding. Only very few are ready to face difficulties and to find meaning in their suffering. Many do not bother about the sense of their life. In this situation how can we explain to them the meaning of life which they have received from God as a gift, in a special way when they face and endure sufferings?