The authors are proud to offer you three excerpts from "What We're Afraid to Ask." Please watch our website for a release date.
If God is such a powerful and loving God, why does He let innocent, defenseless children be born to or adopted by abusive parents?
Jon: “Man and woman were created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26) with freedom of the will. Although God didn’t want them to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, He did not override their freedom to do so. If God were to force people’s actions, their coming to Him would not be genuine. We take comfort knowing that God is just; ‘For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done’ (Col. 3:25).”
Anna: “Human beings are imperfect and through choice have been exposed to right and wrong which can breed function, dysfunction, and psychological trauma. When patterns of maladaptive behaviors are entrenched within a families’ dynamics, wrongdoing is inevitable. Unfortunately, children are susceptible to the decisions of man and not exempt from their delinquency or abuse. What children are absolved from, due to their limited capacity of awareness, is wrath and judgment. Ultimately, God will judge those who have abused others. God does not always step in and protect us from ourselves to establish His recipe of redemption, proof of life, and power that genuine faith and belief in Him have. God is loving and just.”
We anticipate the day our souls—our minds, bodies, emotions—are healed. Can music help to restore us in these areas?
Jon: “Steadfastness of heart, pleasure, joy, and gratitude are just some positive states of being connected with making music unto God (Psa 57:7, 135:3, 71:23; Col 3:16). In Scripture, the goal of music is not personal gain but to worship and give praise to the Lord. Positive personal improvement is merely a byproduct of God-focused musical endeavor. If we ever feel we have no reason to sing, we can remember we have been eternally saved through Christ Jesus. We then have an eternal reason to sing and make a joyful noise.”
Anna: “Music can be crucial in the healing process when it edifies one’s mind and soul. Music translates through its melodies and lyrics a message that strokes, nurtures, reminds, and brings to life our emotions, which acknowledges one’s experiences and existence. God created us with the intention for man to depend upon Him and worship Him; when doing this we will become closer to God and through worship will transcend a nurturing and healing of one’s essence and being.”
Many of us have been beaten down so badly that we are constantly fearful. How can we learn to be courageous in this life?
Jon: “When two people fall in love, they often become so infatuated with one another that they lose awareness of the world around them. Unaware of the world, nothing in the world could cause them to fear. The Bible has always affirmed this principle: ‘There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear’ (1 Jn. 4:18). Passionately expressing and cultivating an infatuating love for God—who already loves us perfectly—will render the world utterly incapable of causing us fear.”
Anna: “A response known in psychology as fight or flight, which is physiological, comes to pass when an individual perceives to be unsafe. To be courageous does not mean one is completely fearless. Often times overcoming fear is a must for abolishing one’s beliefs and perception of their limits. When fearful, one’s anxiety and adrenaline can increase, and this can cause panic or an extreme emotional response. When one comes to awareness and decides that fear can be overridden by something more meaningful, courage is born. To have been beaten down throughout childhood and then have the desire and ability to continue on and persevere, one is courageous. To choose to do what one believes is right and just without intention of acknowledgment, will be rewarded by God in this life or the next.”