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343. | by Zoë Campbell
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I don’t understand how unless you have a close relationship with someone, you can hate them. And I think this goes for any situation, regardless of the importance of the person. It hurts me when I hear someone say that they hate God. What did He ever do to you? Well, generally they counter back with ‘He took this from me..’ or ‘He didn’t give me this..’ or ‘He doesn’t exist..’ When someone close to me, perhaps closer to me than any other human on the planet tells me they hate my God because He does bad to good people, it really hits close to home. I don’t know how to gently say to them that He doesn’t purposely try to hurt you, that He has a reason for everything, that He is all-forgiving, all-loving and always there. How do you explain that to someone who has little Church background. Well, you pray on it. You pray about it for a while. I can’t ask God to help my friend. I can’t drag her to my Church and force her to sing songs of praise and celebrate what He gave us – this life. I can’t even begin to describe to you – whomever may be reading this – how I’m feeling, because I don’t know how to tell myself.

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Taken on January 8, 2010