20 September 2013
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
The author Harold Kushner wrote this book because his spent a life to search what puzzled him for a long time. He experienced tragedy in his early life. His son was found afflicted with progeria that is a kind of the fatal illness of pre-mature aging. He fall into hopelessness, and then started to question God. Why bad things often happen to good people?
Many people may confuse this question too. If God really exists and God creates the world, God should let good people be triumph and punish bad people. At least, most religions believed that evils would be vanquished. Kushner is a Rabbi who believes the true existence of God in the world. Therefore, we should use his eyes to see the world with a truly God. God is omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. In Jewish Holy Books, Kushner create a new God who is less than perfect. The God builds the universe and laws of nature. Furthermore, God has it mind to meet every single needs instead of bending to rules. According to Kushner, God does not intended to punish good people by let them suffer and go through disasters and tragedies. “Suffering is being worshiped” many religions and cultures believed this. This means that God want to test you and excavate the deep potential of you. In Chinese, there is an old saying from Mengzi. The approximate meaning is when God wants to hand over an important responsibility to a person. This person must go through heart-broken, mind-torment, toilsome work and go through hungry, poor and tortuous development. Then the person become mettle and has a steel-willed. In this book, Kushner has the similar mind. Once a person can suffer insufferable, he or she already at the top of all human beings. Hence, God does not punish good people; rather suffering likes a course to teach how to become perfect. At this time, God’s duty is to provide us encourage, comfort and positive faith.
Therefore, this book is...
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