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This Week at JMPC 9.22.19

Kate Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School and author of a book called “Everything Happens for a Reason; And Other Lies I’ve Loved”. Bowler had the life she dreamed of. A job she loved. Married to her high school sweetheart. A long-awaited baby boy. Then she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. The initial prognosis was bleak. The cancer will never be cured and can only be controlled through expensive experimental treatment.

While this was going on, Bowler’s husband was approached by someone who said to him, “Well, everything happens for a reason…” The husband’s response was, “What reason? Please tell me the reason my wife has incurable cancer.” Good question. Why on earth would someone think that the comment about thinks happening for reasons was comforting? Maybe because the Bible says it? God has a reason for everything, right? So, if you get cancer, God has a reason for it? Well, that’s bad theology. The Bible does not say that. One has to look hard to find anything that even sounds like that in the Bible! Perhaps worse, it’s a terrible attempt at comfort.

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