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John Richard Perry February 19, 2017 at 8:29 pm

Thank you for your help and your article. It is good to know there are people like you out there.

Jack Wellman February 19, 2017 at 9:10 pm

Thank you kindly Mr. Perry. Your comments will not need approval anymore. I know you. May God richly bless you on your journey sir and see you in the kingdom, in person!

Sue September 19, 2017 at 8:50 am

Dear Mr. Wellman, I was hoping you could help me with an issue that my husband has and he asks me this question all the time and I do my best to answer it but it’s never enough. My husband and I got married at 18 and it wasn’t till after we’re married and I was nine months pregnant that I found out that he suffered probably the worst sexual and physical abuse known to man from the time he was about 4 or 5 years old from his father. This went on until my husband reached an age where he could stand up to his dad which was probably 16 . He did reach out to counselors at school but that only suffered greater consequences for him when he got home he even tried talking to the police which was less than fruitful as his parents were good friends with the police . To this day my has been is extremely mad at God for allowing all that pain and suffering to happen and he doesn’t understand why God allows that suffering to happen not only to him but to all the children of the world . I can’t get him to talk to any kind of religious figure I’m Catholic and believe in God to the depths of my soul . Did they married 36 years and he just disclosed to me that he is agnostic . Do you have any words of wisdom that maybe I can use to convince my husband to give God another chance?

Thank you for any words of wisdom

Jack Wellman September 19, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Hello Sue. I see what you are saying, but it is God alone who calls or draws people to Christ (John 6:44) so we cannot convince someone from an argument about the existence of God. All we can do is to pray for him and to love him, because Jesus said it is by our love that others will know we are His disciples (John 13:34-35), so it is not possible for any one to convince someone that God exists or why God allows such suffering. Jesus suffered more than any man, so badly that He was not even recognizable (Isaiah 53). I will pray for him and for you too and that is all we can do. I would not talk any more about religion or God. Give him time and let God’s Spirit do His work in his life.

Jack Wellman September 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Sue. Have you ever seen the Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson? Would he watch this? This will show your husband just how much worse Jesus suffered and He had no sin. We all suffer in one way or another. Many have suffered worse than your husband has, so try to see if he will watch this movie and it will help, perhaps, explain all about suffering.

tiffany colby April 10, 2019 at 6:55 pm

I have dealing with this depression its like all my interest went down I feel tired all the time I use to love going to church and to bible study’s I just feeling of heaviness I want to be happy again and have all my joy back what do I do for that I have been to counseling and put on meds for it

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