Kushner, a Rabbi, tried to make sense of many of the traditional arguments of God’s existence and the reasons for some of the tragic events of the modern world. Overall, Kushner provides a usable argument for God as his idea rests on the fact that although God is not all-powerful, He is a God of love.
There have been many times in life when I have turned to a “God” with problems and wanted answers or solutions and received nothing. When this happens, I take the time to reflect and ask myself, “Why, when I do some many good things, do I not receive any answers or solutions to my problems?” The book When Bad Things Happen to Good People, written by Harold S. Kushner, has brought some answers to my problems.
This book explained and helps clarify why even though I am not a bad person, that sometimes bad things are bound to happen. When Kushner wrote this book I feel that, the meaning of his writings were that God does not mean to punish us, he just means to test us and present us with problems and see how we react to them. As put best he wrote, “The God I believe in does not send us the problem; he gives us the strength to cope with it.”(127).
Kushner makes many references to the bible and his belief in a higher power, “God”. Many people personally may not think there can be one and only one God but I do believe in a higher being or power and I like how Kushner makes sure to point out that he is not calling it the God but “his” God. It shows an almost non-biast opinion and it shows a lot of respect towards all groups of people.
Many questions have risen out of the book of Daniel and the Bible as a whole. Due to numerous issues, many historians consider Daniel a narrative rather than a historical document. This is despite its placement in the canon by the founding fathers. Among the many problems are dating, names, and the usage of Greek and Persian in a book that is otherwise Hebrew and Aramaic. Despite the fact that ...
I remember one time specifically when my grandma recently passed away I turned to God for answers. Instead of getting an answer, I got more problems. My grandma and grandma both had strokes, my best friend who is also my cousin got merry and is unhappy, my friend is going through an crisis with her family along with all of the other normal problems that go on in live that we, as humans, have learned to expect in everyday life. In the belief that I thought was that while God took one away, he renewed faith in another. At first, of course, I was angry with God and did not understand why God had to take her away from me. However, I realize now, that God was restoring my faith, and trying to teach me the true meaning in life. Like any human, I still wish that my grandmother was here, but instead of worrying about little things, I pray that I have the little things in life. Love, family, friends and most importantly, my God.
I felt that there was no one up there looking out for me and then in reading this book answered a bunch of my questions on why “God” did not give me any specific answers. It showed me that perhaps God has given me the strength to move on and realize that everything will go on and God will help me how to cope with everything. Kushner also had a good point in saying that, “Could it be that God does not cause bad things that happen to us…but rather stands ready to help them?”(29-30).
I agree with what he is saying in this quote. My God helped me through those rough times just like his God helped him through everything that was going on with his son. Even though the person that meant the most to him was suffering of a bad disease, and eventually passed away, he trusted in God and understood what God was doing and that everything that happened was a test and made things better in the long run. He understood and helped me understand that God does everything for a reason and has a “master plan” that he wants each of us to abide by and to follow.
Like any Muslim, I have had doubts that God was there. Is there really a God that would take something so important away from me? I learned Gods power through a dream. The fact that I learned the miraculous power of God. One beautiful night I felt someone tap me on the shoulder, I rolled over and I saw my grandma, just looking at me. She brought a sense of peace with her, there was a bright light in the background, and she intently watched me. I stayed still, not wanting to move, for I did not want the moment to end. There were not any words exchanged, and as she disappeared into the light, I knew that everything was going to be ok. The serenity that she brought to the room was a miracle in itself. I know that my grandma is present with me at all times. God is a miraculous individual who works in mysterious ways and has taught this to me through life experiences.
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This book gave me a lot of insight on life and what everything means to me and what I should expect with life. I thought that Kushner did a good job of not offending me in the fact that he had a wider opinion on God and his beliefs and not being narrow-minded about the fact that people are different in their opinions. Praying is not the same thing, when we pray we ask God to interfere in our life and to help us because he is in control, but we still have the free of choice even after receiving God’s blessing or prayers’ requests. Bad things happened to good people because obstacles, temptations, and difficulties are parts of God’s plan for us in this world.