Letters from Paul

April 27, 2010

It’s my RIGHT!!!

Each day when I turn on the news, I see it.  There are people who have taken the time to creatively, I might add, make signs and attach them to poles or sticks.  These same people gather in large groups.  They take time away from their work, friends, and families in order to come together, form rallies, and protest.  When it all comes down to it what is happening is that these groups of individuals are standing up for “rights.”   Just to list a few:

The rights of minorities
The rights of animals
The rights of the unborn or the right to choose
The rights of women
The rights of gays
The rights of illegal aliens
The right to an education
The right to healthcare
The right to own guns
The right to own property
AND TO TOP IT OFF – The right to protest for my rights

Now, there is no doubt that I have my opinion concerning those rights listed above and the vast amounts of other rights that are either supported or denied by our government.  It was last week when I saw another “right” that I simply begin to think, wonder, contemplate . . . “What is the problem?”  Perhaps this declaration did not catch your eye last week.  So, here it is.  Brace yourself. “Vacationing a human right, EU chief says.”  

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April 19, 2010

Are “natural disasters” natural? (part 2)

This week as we continue to look at the issue of concurrence, let’s begin where we left off last week.  It is well established in scripture that God is in control of all.  Most Christians, if not the vast majority, subscribe to that view . . . until . . .   So, what is the pause?  This pause occurs when God’s control causes pain and suffering.  These quakes, hurricanes, tornados, and other events affect people.  These disasters are not happening in a vacuum.  At times, people lose everything they own and even their very lives.  Many Christians are ready to sing and proclaim “God is in Control” (by Twila Paris), but when it comes to human suffering then it is another story.  Surely, a loving God would not allow “good and innocent” people (including Christians) to suffer.  What we know is that “good” people do suffer, so then the question is “If God loves us, and it says so in John 3:16, then why is there so much pain and suffering in this life?”

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April 14, 2010

Are “natural disasters” natural?

It seems recently that every time I turn on the news, there is breaking news concerning an earthquake somewhere in the world.  For weeks, our entire country has been heartbroken as we watched families and friends discover the fate of their loved ones in the mine disaster in West Virginia.  Disasters, both natural and man-made which result in pain and suffering cause us to ask . . . WHY?  Why does God allow these things to occur?  This question has been raised over and over from my friends, church members, and others in my life.  I have also heard many different answers to this question. 

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