Has your faith been tested or lost with the death of your loved one?

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Has your faith been tested or lost with the death of your loved one?

This group was started because many are hurting so bad that their faith has been effected.  This is a place you can vent or even ask questions that brother you. Can the Bible or God help you through your grief?  Who is the cause of death? 

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The Death Of Jesus and Our Faith 1 Reply

The most important death to ever occur can have a huge impact on our faith.When we lose someone we can reflect on the promises made in the Bible and that can give us a wonderful hope for the…Continue

Started by Dennis C.. Last reply by Dennis C. Mar 18.

WAVERING FAITH 3 Replies

I will say my faith has waivered a little recently because i have been in bad health and I keep asking God why?  I do think its a test of faith, but honestly my faith will always be strong and is a…Continue

Started by Rachel Lynn Schuler. Last reply by Brenda Ann Nov 11, 2016.

WAVERING FAITH

I will say my faith has waivered a little recently because i have been in bad health and I keep asking God why?  I do think its a test of faith, but honestly my faith will always be strong and is a…Continue

Started by Rachel Lynn Schuler Nov 9, 2016.

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Started by Brenda Ann Nov 7, 2016.

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Comment by Angela on Monday

I understand how someone could struggle with their faith when someone you love has died. I don't personally struggle with it myself because I trust God and know that his thoughts are higher than my thoughts and he always wants what is best for me.

Comment by Elynn m on August 11, 2017 at 12:59pm

Quoting Scripture is really encouraging my faith, and helps with the grief.  Thank you for posting!

Comment by Elynn m on August 11, 2017 at 12:55pm

I do agree, Trials do not come from God.  That does not mean we won't have trials.

I agree with James 1:13 and 1corinthians :10:13

Jesus helps me adjust my views.  As most of us know, when I am weak, then He is strong (2corinthians 12:9-11)

Comment by Dennis C. on August 11, 2017 at 11:52am
Moira

Something comforting to me is to remember that our trials do not come from God. He is NEVER the one that puts us to the test, or takes something good away from us.

James 1:13 — When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try anyone.

Instead we can look to God for help.

1 Corinthians 10:13 — No temptation has come upon you except what is common to men. But God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, but along with the temptation he will also make the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

So if we see God as part of the problem, we need to stop and adjust our view. He is part of the Solution. If we see him as such, then we can receive his help, comfort, and strength so the we can endure our trials.

None of this takes our pain away of course, but it does help us survive for another day.
Comment by Elynn m on August 11, 2017 at 11:03am
Well-meaning people may say, “Jesus took your loved one away,” but that can cause people – especially children – to be angry at God. 1 Corinthians 15:26 says death is our last enemy. Therefore, we can say, “Death took our loved one away from us, but Jesus took our loved one away from death!”
Comment by Elynn m on August 11, 2017 at 11:00am

Just a few thoughts regarding faith; Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 says “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

That doesn't mean that we shouldn't grieve, because it is necessary 

God has a purpose for everything. Jesus is our best role model for combining faith and grief, as revealed in John 11:1-45. When He saw Mary and Martha in anguish over the death of their brother Lazarus, He wept and groaned. Although Jesus knew He was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, He still allowed Himself to feel – and express – the depths of human sorrow. We can take comfort in knowing that Jesus has experienced all of our pain, including loss, rejection, betrayal, and dying. As our Savior and Redeemer, He took all our sins to the cross and forgives us when we ask. As our Good Shepherd, He leads us safely through “the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4b). Remember, a shadow indicates that there is a light on the other side! Deep faith in Christ does not prevent grief when a believer dies, but it infuses grief with hope! For Christians, death is a passageway to eternal life (see John 5:24). Paul said, “To live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21b). He also said, “I want you to know what will happen to the Christians who have died so you will not be full of sorrow like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus comes, God will bring back with Jesus all the Christians who have died” (1 Thessalonians 4:13b-14, NLT).

Comment by Brenda Ann on August 10, 2017 at 12:11pm

You are not alone in feeling like this... Let me, however, asure you that God would never cause your suffering. I sent you a scripture in my friend request found at Isaiah 41:10. It says, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.’" This scripture is so encouraging to me because God expresses how he feels toward us individually. (1 John 4:8) . . .God is love. . . (Luke 1:77-79) "to give knowledge of salvation to his people by forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender compassion of our God... to give light to those sitting in darkness and death’s shadow and to guide our feet in the way of peace."

I know that this may sound very confusing and you have been emotionally bullied but not by God. Please watch the following two videos they will help you understand who the "REAL bully" is:

Why Study the Bible
Why Did Jesus Die?

The bully is Satan. (1 John 5:19) "We know that we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one." The Bible also says, :(John 8:44) 'Satan' was a murderer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of the lie."

Please watch these two videos:


Why Did God Create the Earth?
What Is God’s Kingdom?

How will God's Kingdom(government) benefit you? You you like to know? please email me at mawmaw1591@gmail.com

Hope to hear from you soon and hope this helps, at least a little...

Brenda

Comment by Moira Lynch on August 10, 2017 at 6:54am

After losing my job in June, my brother in July and best friend in August, my faith is surely tested. I have PTSD from dysfunctional upbringing and early losses (brother died at 10 after living with cancer since he was 2 yrs old).  Mom died 5 years ago and I have no family left save a father who lives out of state and who I am not at all close to. Feel like God is punishing me and has taken away family and sense of security and belonging. Isolated, alone and in despair. Is He a bully or is he trying to teach me something? Or both? And I HATE feeling like such a victim... Pls help?

Comment by Elynn m on February 19, 2017 at 10:00pm

BrendaAnn,  thank you for sharing the scriptures with us.   They are very comforting.  

Comment by Dennis C. on February 17, 2017 at 6:45am

Brenda Ann

What a beautiful explanation of the Bibles teaching.

The REAL hope that we get from reading the Bible is what gives me comfort. We have had a lot of loss lately. I had a dear friend that went into the hospital for emergency surgery to remove his gall bladder. He ended up dying from septic shock. I gave the funeral discourse which was very emotional.

I volunteer at the Cleveland Clinic, visiting the very sick. I met a young man who at 35 had been struggling with Leukemia. I got to know him well and we had some very nice visits. He and his wife were very faithful people. Fulltime ministers. He died from his disease. What a painful loss.

To me...I could never understand why people believe that God is responsible for all of this. The Bible clearly tells us that there is an enemy of God that is ruling over the world right now. That spirit rebelled against God and Adam and Eve joined that rebellion....cursing us to sin and death. THAT IS WHY WE DIE. 

I take so much comfort in the promises of the Bible.

Revelation 21:4  No More Death or Suffering or Pain

This is what God will do.

 

 

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