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Healing Time

Dear Rev.

I hate God. I was in an accident and my face is irreparably scarred for life. People stare at me. I cannot get a decent job. My spouse divorced me. My kids want nothing to do with me. I live in shame and humiliation. I hate God because of what He has done to me. Any advice?

Signed,

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I want to start by telling you what I believe to be the truth about God. I do not believe God caused your accident. I do not believe God scarred your face. I do not believe God is in the heart of people who stare at you without any compassion or love. I do not believe God was in the heart of your wife when she divorced you. I do not believe God has had enough of an influence in the life of your children. I also believe God is not in your heart now because of what has happened to you. I believe Satan is the cause of all your adversities. I believe Satan is the dominant power in the life of all the people in your life who do not love you and who do not have compassion for you.

Having said the above, many people in the Christian faith will tell you God controls all things and makes all things happen. If God controls all things and makes all things happen, then God is a psychotic and sadistic being who delights in the suffering of human beings. I firmly believe, and this belief is backed up by scripture, that we have an evil enemy and our evil enemy is Satan. At any moment our evil enemy (Satan) can kill us or kill the ones we love. In human terms, if we had a sniper outside our home and the sniper was ready, willing, able, and desired to kill us, we would not venture outside our house because we would be paralyzed with fear. Remember the sniper incident in Washington , DC ? People were terrified to go outside their homes. If people came to realize how much of an enemy we have in Satan, attitudes toward God and toward others would drastically change for the better. So, I do not believe God caused any bad thing to happen to you.

If you accept what I believe, then you will also have to accept responsibility for how you respond to what Satan has done to you. When you begin to accept responsibility for how you respond to your adversity, you can then begin to actually do something about your adversity. When you begin to accept responsibility for your response to your accident, you begin the healing process. Many things happen to us outside of our control. However, we can control our response to everything that happens to us. When we control our response to our adversities, we begin to have power over the circumstances of our life. When we have power, we are capable of starting and maintaining enormous healing in our life. If we choose not to respond to our adversities but instead we let our adversities determine our responses, then we are powerless. In every trauma in our life, we have a chance to be great for God. When we are great for God, God is great for us in return. When we are great for God, God will be great for us by giving us healing, wholeness, and wellness in our heart and soul.

Let's look at what Satan wants in your pain and suffering. The last thing Satan wants is for you to take responsibility and take charge of your responses. If Satan has his way in your life, you will continue to hate God and you will continue to be absolutely miserable every day of your life. If Satan has his way, you will remain powerless like you are now. However, if God has His way in your life, you will come to understand God had no part in your accident and you will come to understand God wants to be the main healing force in your life. God wants you to be free of your trauma. God wants you to be free of your shame and humiliation. God wants you to be free of your trauma so you can reach out in God's love to Him and to others in the world.

Satan was not only the real cause of your accident, but Satan will also continue to produce the most horrible of miseries in your life until you die. If Satan can get you to despise God enough, long enough, then Satan will welcome you into the pits of hell when you die after Satan has kept you in the pits of hell while you are alive on earth.

Let me tell you the bold and unvarnished truth here. When you are out with people, in public, and you experience your shame and humiliation, Satan is having his way with you by making you into a selfish human being. You feel your shame and humiliation because you are selfishly concerned about how others perceive you and what others think of you. Feeling shame and humiliation is normal because being selfish is normal. However, being selfish is still wrong, even though being selfish is normal. Even for people who have suffered traumatic events, selfishness is still wrong. What God wants from you is for you to lose your selfishness and to begin to see more of the people in the world than you see now. Truthfully, you do not see anyone in the world because living in your trauma has made you want to run away and hide. As you are running away to hide, you are ignoring other people. As you run away, you are ignoring the pain and suffering of others, ignoring the hopes and dreams of others, and ignoring the wants and needs of others. God wants you to stop being selfish and when you stop being selfish, you will begin to see people. When you stop being selfish, you will begin to heal. When you drop the selfishness, you will begin to see people desperately need you. You will see people need you a whole lot more than you need them to be approving of you and loving toward you. Serving others, giving others attention, and being of service to others helps you build healing bridges to others for life. This does not mean your physical scars will go away. This does not mean you will get a positive reaction from every person you meet. However, what serving God does do is open up the universe to you and in this new open universe you will find the healing love of God in every minute. What serving God does is heal all your emotional scars created by your accident and the aftermath.

No words of mine can heal you, no matter how much I want to bring healing to you. However, you can bring healing to yourself by unconditionally loving God and asking Christ to be your savior, friend, and Lord.

In Christ's Love And Grace,

Rev. Patrick Kelly

A story giving wisdom

This story first appeared in April, 2006, in the Virtual Church web site at http://www.findthepower.com

 

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