The place to find God

By Tom Quiner

Why does God let us hurt?Saint_Augustine_Portrait

Isn’t He supposed to be loving? Isn’t He, in fact, supposed to be all Love?

And yet we have war and pestilence.

And yet we have human abortion and divorce.

And yet we have the poor and the selfish.

And yet, and yet, good can, and does emerge, from our suffering.

St. Augustine said it well:

“In my deepest wound I saw your glory, and it dazzled me.”

God is love. God is mercy. And God is justice. In our suffering, His multi-faceted glory is revealed.

Without suffering, we wouldn’t need God. We’d ignore Him who is the source of life.

As the late, great Norman Vincent Peale put it:

“Problems are a sign of life. Welcome them.”



  1. parrillaturi on June 6, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Many do not accept the fact, that there is much evil in this world, and what does the majority do, they blame a loving God. We all have a choice, embrace Him, or reject Him. Good post. Blessings.

  2. artaxes on June 6, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    The reason why God allows evil to happen is because he loves us.
    God did not create us as robots who are always doing the right thing.
    He loved us so much that He gave us freedom.
    Without freedom there can be no true love because you cannot force someone to love anything.
    But with the freedom of choice it became possible that we make the wrong choices.
    It’s easy for God to prevent all evil from happening but then we wouldn’t be free anymore.

    • quinersdiner on June 6, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Well said. Please come again.

  3. SKL on June 6, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    It is convenient don’t you think that these views are established. Life on this planet is about chance, luck and a person’s ability to do and change things.

    Even if your view is that we all end up in heaven or hell when we die you have no solid evidence of that, and it is not borne out when you consider the reality of a human’s life here on earth.

    The point I make is if this life is only the preliminary life and the main aim of it is to accept God into your heart as your saviour and qualify by following of the 12 commandments and loving your fellow man for the next life in heaven why does all the un-needed suffering continue for these people?

    As soon as you have accepted God and proven yourself to him you should be able to call on him like many of the suffering would do to take you into heaven from this life because for many millions of religious people living in extreme poverty or violence is nothing more than hell to them. They die in agony from disease without assistance from humans or God often in the most abhorrent conditions. Therefore if God has control of everything on earth why does he allow this terrible suffering of his followers as such a loving individual?

    The answers that God moves in mysterious ways does not cut the mustard. I have seen death, destruction and injustice on this planet for many years and I have always been told the perpetrators will suffer eternally in hell. Well I just don’t buy that either. Many of these criminals and terrorists have lived a long and wealthy life on this planet at the expense of human misery and before they die they can genuinely accept the lord into their hearts making this also very convenient. In my opinion as with many others the whole concept of life after death is absolutely unbelievable.

    • quinersdiner on June 6, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks for sharing your views, even if I don’t agree. The evidence for God is overwhelming and takes many forms. Archeological evidence. Documentary evidence. Historical evidence. Eyewitness evidence. Contemporary sociological evidence. Psychological evidence. Forensic evidence. This blog has written on a few of these topics. There are other blogs that pursue them in a more in a more scholarly way than mine. Thanks for writing.

  4. Lori on June 6, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Thinking of my dear cousins who are suffering right now. May God bring them out of their darkness and despair. I know beauty can come from the darkest corners of our lives if we give ourselves to God. Beautiful post.

  5. calittox on August 2, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Reblogged this on CalittoX.