Dr. Jeffrey Long studied the stories of 3,000 people who have had near death experiences.
The doctor turned to me. "Did you know she had been considering suicide?" Unable to speak, I simply shook my head. I had seen marks on her wrists a few weeks before, and she had said something about scissors.
Dear Anna, there will be Christian voices that will say you need to stay with Josh. They will tell you that you should forgive him. But Anna, you don't have to stay to forgive. I can't tell you what you should or shouldn't do, but I can tell you, and every woman in your situation, that you have choices.
Life is about learning the lesson of who you are and who the people around you are... But ultimately how you answer those questions depends on who you believe God to be. If you believe God to be the Great Judger, that has an effect on how you treat other people. And yourself. But when you start to see God as the Great Lover, the world changes.
Dahlia, who currently doesn't have a job and receives disability and food stamps, said she's not sure where she and her son
Growing up, my understanding of God was always tainted by a negative framing. Through Sunday schools and Friday sermons, I learned that God was watching me, but only later on in life I understood that God was watching over me-- two very different things.
God does not want us to live in an environment where mass shootings happen -- and happen far too often. I do not believe this is the way God intends for us to live. God's vision for earth is a reign of justice and peace. God's desire for humanity is to love and live in harmony.
The problem for people of Christian faith is that there really aren't very many good answers to the question of "why" in the Bible.
When we use the word "love," what exactly are we talking about? This is complex and confusing territory, for sure.
What is at the very heart of human desires? To be loved. And isn't it interesting that according to Christian teachings, love for us is the emotional core of the risen Jesus, the one who dwells in human hearts and hears the prayers of little children?
when stock markets crash, when oil spills into the ocean, when wars spin out of control, and yes, when marriage vows are broken, we do well to remember that God's love is our rock.