WHY BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE
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Every time something really terrible happens ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å like the Sandy Hook school shooting last Christmas, where 20 beautiful, shiny-faced children, aged six and seven, were massacred in Newtown, Conn., along with six heroic women ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å the question emerges: How could a loving God possibly allow such a thing to happen?
For atheists, such catastrophes ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å from school shootings to terror attacks like 9/11 to the mega-genocides of Hitler and Stalin to natural disasters like Katrina and the recent typhoon in the Philippines ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å constitute ever more evidence that there is no God. Indeed, atheismÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs main argument is: ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«If an omniscient, omnipotent and benevolent God existed, he couldnÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇt possibly allow such horrible tragedies to occur ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å therefore, God does not exist.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´
While countless people have grappled with this problem over the millennia, its mystery is elusive. Rev. Billy Graham, addressing a mourning nation at the memorial service in WashingtonÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs National Cathedral right after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, acknowledged the seemingly impenetrable nature of the question:
"I have been asked hundreds of times in my life why God allows tragedy and suffering. I have to confess that I really do not know the answer totally, even to my own satisfaction. I have to accept, by faith, that God is sovereign, and He is a God of love and mercy and compassion in the midst of suffering."
In the December issue of WNDÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs acclaimed Whistleblower magazine ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å with the help of Rev. Billy Graham, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Pastor Greg Laurie, Christian actor-director Kirk Cameron, former U.S. senator and prisoner of war Adm. Jeremiah Denton and others, as well as WNDÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs Joseph Farah and David Kupelian ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å the reader is delivered a thought-provoking and faith-strengthening exploration of that most difficult of issues: ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«WHY BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´
Issue highlights include:
- ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«God and Sandy HookÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ by David Kupelian, exploring the radioactive question: Where is the Almighty when children are murdered?
- ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Where is the hope?ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ by Joseph Farah, on what the Bible says about facing real difficulty and tragedy
- ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«New film confronts most difficult ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌ¥universal questionÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ by Drew Zahn, on Kirk Cameron's new film ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌ¥UnstoppableÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ and its journey of discovery
- ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Why all the suffering?ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ by Greg Laurie, who lost his son in an auto accident, on the reason God allows hard times in the lives of good people
- ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Billy Graham warns ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌ¥Second Coming is nearÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ by Troy Anderson, in which the famed evangelist talks to Whistleblower just before delivering his ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«final, most importantÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ message to the world
- ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Graham on 9/11: Hope in the midst of great evilÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´
- ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«AtheismÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs No. 1 argumentÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ by David Kupelian, who explores God-deniersÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«gotchaÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ question: ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«How could a loving God allow the human race to suffer so terribly?ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´
- ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«3 reasons bad things happen to good peopleÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ by Rabbi Daniel Lapin, who asks ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å and answers ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Why doesnÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇt God stop earthquakes and genocides?ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´
- ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Celebrating Christmas in hellÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ by Admiral Jeremiah Denton, the famed POW's moving account of his encounter with God in a filthy prison cell
- ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«The SoldierÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs Psalm.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«This was not an easy issue of Whistleblower to put together,ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ says Editor David Kupelian, ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«But I believe it has turned out to be very meaningful and that it will deeply touch readers. That is certainly our hope.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´
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