One of my favorite things to do is talk about faith with people who don’t hold similar beliefs as myself. A little bit ago I was talking to someone about beliefs. He made this comment: “…actually I used to be very religious. Then my best friend died, and it changed everything.”
It’s kind of interesting, right? because before his friend died, he believed in God…very much so. He believed in God and at the same time knew that other people died… like grandparents and starving people in Africa (who we always hear about) and other people’s friends. He knew this and still believed in God.
Then, one day, something horrible happened to him… and all of a sudden, faith in God becomes an uncertainty. He now can’t accept that bad things happen and God exists, although they could co-exist previously. The way we view God changes in the face of tragedy, even though these horrible circumstances always existed, even if they weren’t happening to us. When it happens to us, it changes things. It’s almost las if we feel like God is somehow also affected by this change, or maybe worse, He is unaffected in a way that we are not prepared to deal with.