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The Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb

I Wonder Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

Romans 8:28-39

The 17th Sunday after Pentecost

September 11, 2005

The Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb (UMC)

"I wonder why bad things happen to good people. I wonder why my prayers go unanswered. I wonder about God's will for my life." Have you ever wondered about these things? I know I have! I don't believe we are Christians very long before these wonders begin to creep into our minds.

However, many of us are often reluctant to admit that we wonder about such things-that we have doubts and questions about our faith. We are afraid we will be accused of not trusting God enough or that we'll be looked upon as some heretic. And this is tragic, for sometimes there is more faith in wondering, doubting, and questioning than there is in blind acceptance. In fact, every strong Christian I know reached a deeper place of faith after going through a "dark night of the soul."

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