In the aftermath of the Boston tragedy, faith leaders and others asked an age old question: “How can a good God allow his people to suffer such an atrocity?” That question elicited the timeless answer: “I don’t know.” The recent book: “God’s Continuing Word – A Personal Message,” responds as follows:
1.11 You, among others, have questioned why we allow grief and misery to occur. You wonder why we do not deliver the oppressed from their oppressors. You ask why we allow good people to be afflicted with long term painful illness. You are curious why some who are young succumb to death at an early age.
1.12 You want to know why they suffer or die early. You contrast their predicament with many who are selfish and survive to old age while enduring little or no suffering. You question why we did not make your world free from suffering. During periods of pain, tiredness, depression or insecurity, you ask why we did not place you in an Eden like paradise.
1.13 These answers are found in your reason for being. You exist because we needed you to exist. You were created to serve our purpose. We made you intelligent and aware so that you could relate to us. We provided a familiar setting in which you feel contented. We made your physical survival and progress contingent on your physical efforts. We based your eternal life on how you relate to all in your physical realm. We made you to fear that which forces you to depart your familiar existence, death.
1.14 In our love for you, we created a will in you, and gave you a personal purpose. We could have made you to mindlessly praise and worship us. Such does not serve our purpose. We do not need pets to assuage our loneliness. We need to relate to independent, intelligent, and conscious spiritual beings. We made you as you are to provide us with spiritual companionship.
1.15 Feelings are developed from exposure to physical life. Exposure to beauty may inspire delight. Exposure to grace can instill comfort. Developed compassionate and selfish feelings stem from exposure to need. For our needs to be served, physical need must exist.
1.16 This is the reason that suffering must occur in your physical world, to establish and perpetuate need. To that end, we created a world filled with need. Observing and feeling need afford us and you the opportunity to develop feelings relative to that need. Upon observing and feeling the need of our unintelligent life, we empathized with them. From our empathy, we developed compassion and love for them. By this love we knew that we would always love you.
1.17 From exposure to need, you can empathize with the possessor of need. We desired that you develop compassion and love for your needy fellow person. We hoped that this love would translate to love of us. We desired that all residents of your physical world experience love through compassion. We wanted you to know the glorious feelings that flow from compassion.
1.18 Whether incurred through accident, illness, attacks on your person or other circumstances, personal suffering would be bearable. When physical pain became unbearable, you would lose consciousness. Further, the event that stops physical pain, death, is a relief valve that ends all physical suffering.