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Could you please provide me with some information on the 7 years of tribulation?
I am having a very hard time trying to understand why my life is so upside down. I feel that I have been abandoned by God, or that he does not exist. For eight years I have battled with infertility and now my marriage is falling apart. When I try to pull it back together I make it worse. I don't have a job and my husband wants a divorce. I have nowhere to go without being a burden to someone else. I have been praying but don't even feel God's presence; I feel nothing but an empty void and anger towards God to the point that I have had sinister thoughts of killing myself. How do I know God exists?
I have experienced great sorrow and pain lately having lost my father to cancer after months of extreme suffering and agony. My mother was also diagnosed with cancer and is suffering through her treatments. My siblings are not handling the situation well, my fiancé has family issues, and I am left to console everyone. I no longer pray for anyone or anything because I feel that by leaving things in God's hands, He will do what he wants to anyway, whether I like it or not, whether it hurts me or not; so what's the point of praying and hoping for some outcome, after saying "Thy Will Be Done?" I have read the book of Job in the Holy Bible, and I was struck by the identical words that he spoke in the midst of his grief, to what I have been saying. The only difference was, he's righteous and I am not, but that is why God has given the sacrament of repentance and confession. After confessing and repenting to everything and anything that I may or may not have done, I still keep sinking in my sorrows, and cry out with Job saying, "Why did I not die at birth? … Where is God when I need Him … Why did He allow all this?" I still do not know what God told Job to console him and grant him His peace. I do not understand what I am supposed to learn from Job. Job was not so kind as to write it in his own biography what he heard or experienced that consoled him to say "Lord, I have heard of you by my ears, but now my eyes see You!" What consolation am I looking for because it sure feels like the world has tumbled on me. What is the point of loving anyone, if at the end it will cause pain and anxiety as a result of death?
Is there any correlation between the Holy Gospel of St. Mark 13:17 and the Holy Book of James 1:15?
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