You may not know this, but Ted Turner once planned to be a Christian missionary (if you aren’t aware, he is now a vocal atheist). His slide from faith started when his younger sister, Mary Jane, came down with a horrible disease. The National Review put it this way:

All his prayers for [Mary Jane’s] recovery—an hour a day, he said—were for naught. “She used to run around in pain, begging God to let her die,” he recalled. “My family broke apart. I thought, ‘How could God let my sister suffer so much?’”

For those who believe in a loving God, death and suffering is one of the most difficult issues to deal with. If you view God as love, how can you reconcile evil, suffering, and death? How do you answer Mr. Turner’s very valid question: How could God allow my sister to suffer so much?

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