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Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:06 pm
When there is need, God can’t help stepping in on the side of those who are suffering. How do we reconcile this with the view that it is the suffering in the world which most challenges the idea of God?
How do we respond to Desmond Tutu’s emphasising the radical, almost subversive nature of Jesus’s character?
Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:18 pm
Listening to the Sunday service that goes with this weeks questions, I was astonished to hear that organisations like Oxfam and Christian Aid arose out of the devastation of the second world war.
And I was even more surprised to learn that this was a response not only to this country's need but to the need of Germany too ... I had not realised that our aid extended to the people in the country who had been seen as the 'enemy'
I imagined without giving it much thought that there would have been little interest in the welfare of those who lived in the aggressors country.
This to me was an eye opening revelation ... I'm very glad that there were people who had this kind of vision ... certainly Christian Aid would have been following Jesus' light.
People often say how can there be a God when such awful things happen ... I think that is a natural response .. it isn't always easy to reconcile God with suffering especially when we are hurting, yet that is often where people encounter God in a very loving, supporting way I think.