I believe in a loving God who allows can us to make our own choices (even bad ones) and he allows us to have trials and challenges so that we can grow. If life was easy all of the time, we'd never learn and grow. Just like you let your child fall over and over again so that they may one day walk, then one day run. I know my chronic pain and fatigue have taught me, and my family, many lessons we would not have learned had I remained healthy. Obviously I'm still going to fight for my health, and I'd be lying if I said I'm glad I'm going through this, but I am extremely grateful for the growth I've seen in myself and in my children - and that's a direct result of this illness.
Beautifully expressed FatiguedFighter. My faith in God is how I've gotten through every trial life has thrown at me. There is no better explanation than Roman 5: 2-4. Eleni is correct in that faith/religion plays a key role in coping to many people. Not everyone has faith or religious beliefs, but they have their own methods of coping. And no one in this community has ever forced their own beliefs upon others. Like other topics discussed openly, those of faith also openly discuss our beliefs and how it provides strength to cope. No one here is judged. When I first joined there were some who honestly asked me about my strong faith. I wasn't offended, nor were they. My faith is my strength, because it is as much a part of me as the blood that courses through my body.
Mark, I can only answer your question based on my beliefs, and I can't speak for others. I believe in God. I believe his son Jesus died on the cross and rose again, for all mankind. I believe Jesus suffered so badly hanging on the cross, as no one before him or since has ever suffered. In my mind if Jesus could suffer so badly, then who am I to complain of any suffering I must go through? I believe that what happens in our lives can make or break us, and it's up to us to decide which it will be. I believe we can use our circumstances to grow stronger mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually (for those who are).
I hope I haven't offended anyone. I'm simply trying to answer Mark's question and respond to the thread. I judge no one, regardless of our many differences in religion/faith/spirituality/non-belief. Because of my beliefs I can honestly say that I love you all as friends of this community. It is our own uniqueness and ability to accept each other without judgement that has made our community such a wonderful and supportive place. We all suffer a variety of chronic pain & illnesses, regardless of our likeness or differences, and that is what has brought us together. We share experiences and gain knowledge through them. Hugs love & prayers that everyone will have a good day today! 🙂💕🙏🌸