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Building Faith through Suffering People usually go to a rabbi for comfort and guidance when tragedy and misfortune intrudes into their lives So what happens when the rabbi who has counseled others concerning their despair is hit with tragedy themselves This is the situation for one particular rabbi Harold S Kushner Author When Bad Thing Happen to Good People was faced with such a tragedy Kushner had a son who possessed a terrible health condition called procera a rapid aging disorder Upon hearing this news Kushner was very confused Kushner had grown up believing bad things happen to only bad people and good people were virtually home free or free from harm with some exceptions He couldnt understand why it had to be his son suffering Especially since he was a good man himself who had lived a good clean life Nonetheless he had to face the fact that he would lose his only son to this disease and there was nothing he could do about it It was at this time Kushner began to question his views on who suffers and why they suffer He realized it is not always the bad that suffers but sometimes those that are good endure it as well Kushner 452 These views have been reviewed and illustrated through the biblical Book of Job in which Job is a pious servant of God who in quick succession loses his children his wealth and his health But he endures patiently He believes that whether God gives or takes God must be blessed never doubted Eventually Job makes an impatient reply to his suffering and he challenges God to justify why calamities should strike down a faithful servant Job believes himself blameless and ill-treated and he will not be silent He complins bitterly until God appears in a whirlwind with a thunderous answer God explains he is in control He is sovereign All things happen with his knowledge of them
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