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Restore faith in God by fighting injustices

Posted July 01, 2006

Q. How can I believe in God when there is poverty, war, corruption and natural disasters? -- J.C., Boca Raton

A. Find comfort in knowing that this concern is common to humanity and probably the biggest stumbling block to faith. From your question, it is apparent you are concerned about the current events that have become the focus of our greater global awareness and your own relationship with God.

Let's look at both issues. Martin Luther said, "Faith is a living and unshakable confidence. A belief in God so assured that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake." You are now being asked to explore and restore your faith in God.

This is an individual process, independent from the events that surround you. You can choose to believe in a benevolent God. Examine what you have previously been told and find a deeper conviction that can withstand these brief moments of doubt.

The global issues you have cited -- poverty, war, corruption and natural disasters -- are in the forefront of the media's attention. Advanced technology allows us to live events transpiring throughout the world. We can now feel the hunger in an African child's belly and experience the terror of soldiers on the battlefield. Our global consciousness is awakening. This is vital for our individual development and is a catalyst to becoming proactive. Find your faith in action.

Helen Keller said, "Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light." Trust and believe that God is the unmoved mover.

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