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When There Are No Easy Answers

I’ll be quoting from John S. Feinberg, When There are No Easy Answers (Kregel 2016). He’s an evangelical philosopher and messianic Jew. His mother suffered from chronic pain. His father developed dementia. His brother died of complications from diabetes. His wife has Huntington’s disease, which, in turn, carries a 50/50 chance that it will be transmitted to their children.  
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At various times in my life I pondered whether I would still want to worship and serve God if he rewarded my faithfulness with severe affliction (17). 

Something else that heightens the feeling of abandonment. Invariably when news like this comes, people are very concerned; but for various reason, they tend to stay away. Some may feel that they will say the wrong thing and only make matters worse. They just stay away rather than taking the chance of sticking their foot in their mouth. Others may think that unless they have something “brilliant” to say that will remove all the pain and heartache, they should avoid the sufferer. Believing that they have nothing special to say, they don’t communicate at all with the sufferer (29). 

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