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Coping With The Absurd

Consider a Christian woman who finds out that the daughter she used to watch on the playground has recently committed a terrible crime.

It is when the worst of calamities happen that the Christian philosophy is needed most in the world.

People sometimes lose hope in the idea that a higher power is in control when they suddenly have to deal with an absurd situation. For example, consider a Christian woman who finds out that the daughter she used to watch on the playground has recently committed a terrible crime. These kinds of problems can make a Christian feel that the Christian way of viewing the world does not make sense in terms of reality.


Christians can avoid collapsing into one of these pitfalls by realizing beforehand that human beings, even the ones they love most, can make terrible decisions. The human condition is at the heart of the Bible, and it tells of human nature in both its best and worst of lights. The Bible shows us how people can act in ways that are shockingly disturbing. Even so, people ask where God is at these times.


Thinkers have noted that people would never have real freedom if God stopped them each time they planned to do wrong. He does intervene directly at times, however. Through the Bible and other means, he also encourages people to be forces of good in the world. It is then through the liberty of the human will that they genuinely do good by one another. This is especially why Christians should not give up their view of how to act in a calamity. It is when the worst of calamities happen that the Christian philosophy is needed most in the world, whether it be in private matters or in public ones.

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