I'm not even going to go into how this contradicts the idea of a supposedly all-powerful, all-knowing god. What is beautiful about him is that he is real and honest and never claims to have the ultim This is not a book written by a preacher who decides just to get up one Sunday and preach on Suffering and give you all the blah blah that you have got memorized by now too well. I was hurt, angry and was all alone - feeling abandoned by everyone, including God. She had just come from the Unitarian Meeting House and checked out some books, because Walter's dad, Irving, was dying. I was always impressed with her acceptance of others regardless of their differences.
Despite its unsatisfying theology, I was reminded of three very important things from this book, Rabbi Kushner's position is that, because suffering exists in the world, only three options are possible: 1 God does not exist. Kushner: I get a better reception from Mormons than I do from the Orthodox Jews. There was nothing you could have done. But it can also be an excuse for not being troubled or outraged by injustice around us, and not using our God-given intelligence to try to do something about it. The painful things that happen to us are not punishments for our misbehavior, nor So maybe I missed the point here but the logic of this book doesn't seem to make sense to me. After a long grieving process, I finally decided to pick up this book.
I enjoyed his logical methodical manner of understanding trials and God's role, there are some points I agree with. ~ Harold S Kushner ~ If God is not to blame, who is? I have seen some people made noble and sensitive through suffering, but i have seen many more people grow cynical and bitter. Kushner comes down on the side of divine benignity rather than divine power. Finally, one night as his mother was putting him to bed, the story came out. Some days, she can not tell me what her name is. Kushner chooses to believe in an imperfect god, which allows him to maintain his belief while at the same time exonerating his god for all the pain, suffering, and death which befall the most innocent of bystanders. My mother is truly a wonderful person, and I'm not saying that just because I am her daughter.
I have seen people crack under the strain of unbearable tragedy. This copy was used as assigned reading to classes of high school juniors studying morality and the nature of good and evil. Another reason I wasn't too keen on reading this book is that it is religion based. Time after time, I have seen families and even whole communities unite in prayer for the recovery of a sick person, only to have their hopes and prayers mocked. I try to say to them, what kind of power is that? Laws of nature are inflexible, and the relations that form the texture of this natural life is so complex making it almost totally random from our human perspective. Charting the long path from the worst possible nightmare, shock, trauma, and overwhelming pain to a life that once again miraculously contains joy, love, and laughter, The Unspeakable Loss addresses the importance of self-compassion and self-care.
Often imitated but never superseded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow. How does Kushner come to terms with this problem? They have no way of knowing whether it's a good person or a bad person in their path. His son died two days after his fourteenth birthday and When Bad Things Happen to Good People was the result of the pain and hurt the author felt. I just had to change where and how I was looking for it. There were parts where it was almost painful for me to type. God does not intervene to save good people from earthquake or disease, and does not send these misfortunes to punish the wicked.
So, for example, the Ninety-second Psalm praises God for the wonderful, flawlessly righteous world He has given us, and hints that foolish people find fault with it because they are impatient and don't give God the time it takes for His justice to emerge. I shouldn't have attempted to answer the question why so quickly. Now I'm sorry, that's not God, that's Santa Claus. My experience, alas, has been otherwise. However, I can see how a mother of a child who dies from cancer might blame God. These things are not fair and in the midst of pain and grief, we automatically want to blame someone for what has happened.
Why did they assume that they were somehow responsible for this tragedy? God would not want to force us to be good, there would be no point, and there would be no point in Him forcing us to love Him, or bribing us to love Him, that would not be real love. Here are some o I only finished this book by Rabi Kushner because I truly wanted to understand the author's position and therefore that of thousands in this world. When Harold Kushners three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease and that he would only live until his early teens, he was faced with one of lifes most difficult questions: Why, God? My favorite part is Rabbi Kushner's analysis of The Book of Job where he mentions exactly his treatise above. Kushner presents his theological framework in the form of a re-interpretation of the story of Job. His pattern requires that some lives be twisted, knotted, or cut short, while others extend to impressive lengths, not because one thread is more deserving than another, but simply because the pattern requires it.
I would like to think that there's more insight into people's problems than that. Sometimes we try to make sense of life's trials by saying that people do in fact get what they deserve, but only over the course of time. It provides wonderful insights about life's trials. Kushner: It's the more superficial Sunday-school Moses that I want to expand on. Some days, she can not tell me what her name is. Why is this shift in perspective so important? Are you capable of forgiving and loving God even when you have found out that He is not perfect, even when He has let you down and disappointed you by permitting bad luck and sickness and cruelty in His world, and permitting some of those things to happen to you? Ku In this short book, Rabbi Kushner gives his reader a very simple message.