I’m a Protestant seeker with a question. My husband and I were having a discussion last night about how it seems that there is this belief in our church and among our church friends that if you just have faith, tithe, etc., that God will provide and everything will be hunky-dory. We both have a problem with this belief that if you just do what the Bible says you’ll have no problems. I’m oversimplifying, of course, but that’s really the general attitude. We are sitting here with our only daughter (out of 3 pregnancies - the first ended in miscarriage, the second in stillbirth) who has a disability (cerebral palsy is a condition that she will always have - there is no cure) looking at our massive medical bills, knowing that we have done our best to be faithful to God, to be charitable, and to live below our means. It’s hard for me to believe that if I just tithe I’m going to get some mystery check to cover all of these expenses miraculously. I know this is a ramble, but…I thought maybe you should know where I’m coming from.
What exactly does the church teach about suffering and its purpose for us hear on earth? I know that to be human is to suffer - none are immune - but it seems that we’ve had more than our fair share in the 10 years we’ve been married (I’ve mentioned my daughter, but there are other things, as well). Just wondering if someone could clarify the church’s position for me.
Peace and joy,