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No Simple Answers for Those Who Suffer

"When my husband recently challenged someone who said that our son's pain happened 'for a reason,' she told him that he had to keep a positive attitude. But I don't think that believing his pain is part of a plan—of God, as this person believes, or of fate—is positive. It is fatalistic. It means that it has appeared for a reason and it will go away for a reason, and there is little that can be done about it. It makes the person in pain a victim who can only suffer, like Job, who could do nothing to escape his fate." [Read Article]
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Lorenzo Albacete on the Mystery of Suffering

"The cruelest response to suffering is the attempt to explain it away, to tell the one who suffers: 'This is why this is happening.'  ... Mystery's answer to suffering is always grace—a free grace that comes to us without conditions, without rationalizations, without explanations. Suffering can be relieved by the co-sufferer only when the co-sufferer can bring the suffering person into contact with grace and into the experience of being loved..." [Read Article]
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The Most Highlighted Bible Passages Are About Anxiety, According to Kindle Data

"New data from Amazon... gives us a peek at what, specifically, readers connect with. From the Bible:  'Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.'" [Read Article]
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Religious Americans Are More Devout Than Few Years Ago

"The portion of religiously affiliated adults who say they regularly read scripture, share their faith with others and participate in small prayer groups or scripture study groups all have increased modestly since 2007. And roughly four-in-ten religiously affiliated adults (41%) now say they rely mainly on their religious beliefs for guidance on questions about right and wrong, up 7 percentage points in seven years." [Read Article]
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Tradition vs. Psychotherapy: A Clash of World Views?

"In one session, Rachel reminded me that Judaism was a religion of actions. It was your behavior that was important, not the reasons for your behavior or the emotions you experienced. As Rachel once put it, 'We were chosen by God specifically because we promised to ‘do and hear,’ instead of the other way round' — instead, that is, of deliberating about motivations or intentions. Judaism, as she understood it, was antithetical to the sorts of probing questions central to psychotherapy." [Read Article]
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How Our View of God Affects Our Mental and Physical Health

"'In general, the more religious or spiritual you are, the healthier you are, which makes sense. But for some individuals, even if they have even the smallest degree of negative spirituality -- basically, when individuals believe they're ill because they've done something wrong and God is punishing them -- their health is worse... [W]hen people firmly believe God loves and forgives them despite their shortcomings, they had significantly better mental health.'" [Read Article]
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How to Care for Someone Who Feels Rejected by God

"Caretakers must acknowledge what's at stake when they overreact to someone's loss of faith or sense that God is punishing them... Research has shown that receiving a supportive, rather than combative, response to a confession of negative spiritual beliefs allows people to emerge from a tough situation with deeper faith or, at the very least, an improved relationship with God." [Read Article]
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When This Doctor Sees God in His Patients

"Religion and medicine can make for awkward bedfellows. While many religions are based on an almighty force that is unseen, thus requiring a core belief in its existence, from the first day of medical school future doctors are taught that abnormalities, or diseases, are confirmed only when they are felt, visualized or heard. I can’t say the same about God... [But] when I am with people who are at such peace despite the enormous travails they have withstood... I feel as though I am actually seeing God. With my own two eyes." [Read Article]
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Signifying Nothing: Why Science Can’t Compete With Religion

"When followers of naturalism (such as scientists and humanists) face the question of whether life has transcendent meaning, they typically answer 'no, at least not any that humans can discern..." Are traditional religions advantaged over naturalistic philosophies by virtue of their claim to provide such meaning, and if so, is this an advantage that they will always maintain?" [Read Article]
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4 Ways Christians Can Respond to the Oregon Shootings

"We are not wrong when we ask why God might allow tragedies to happen, but we must find faith in the one who holds it all in his hands... This is cloudy and difficult for us, as it should be—we should never be comfortable with the ever present reality of evil and its fruit. But we must remember who has ultimate authority. God is always at work in the darkness. His sometimes silence should not be interpreted as apathy or disinterest." [Read Article]