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“I think some of the hardest questions,” Stephens continues, “are the ones pastors never get.
For example, countering the rampant culture of ‘everything happens for a reason’ mentality that skips over the really difficult questions of theodicy,” the seminary word for why bad things happen to good people. Carl Chamberlain, pastor and resident theologian at Amsterdam United Methodist Church in New York, and a former spiritual care coordinator for hospice and palliative care, said the hardest questions he receives are ones like, “Why does God allow cancer, poverty, hunger, war, natural disaster, or any of the other evils we experience?
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However, in the mind of God, there may yet be a way?
” Speaking of God’s grace, pastors are sometimes asked about offering grace toward those with whom we disagree.
“The ‘why question’ is probably the most difficult one,” he reports.
” In some professions, questions about love and life just come with the territory.
She recalls once performing a funeral for a mother and child who died during childbirth, and the husband and father asked her, “Why would God do this to my family?
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