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Pain Isn’t Punishment

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Essay on Religion


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When people experience pain or something bad happens to them, the most common response to the situation is “Why me?”. It is human nature to believe that if something goes wrong it is not really our fault and we place blame on someone else, in most cases God. In his text, Where the Hell is God? Richard Leonard writes: “We grow through pain, but it is not sent to make us grow” (8). Leonard argues that while God did not directly create pain for humans to make our lives difficult, there’s no reason that lessons cannot be learned from the pain.

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