‘How come bad things happen even if we’re praying a lot?’

Originally appeared online in the teen series: Q&A - April 19, 2018

Q: How come bad things happen even if we’re praying a lot?

A: Don’t we all ask some version of that question and have to come to grips with it? I did, anyway. 

As a new, eager, earnest student of Christian Science, I loved what I was learning—in a nutshell: God, good, is All. Equipped with that understanding, I thought somehow that things would be so easy. My idea was to read my “nice little Lesson” (the weekly Bible Lesson found in the Christian Science Quarterly), then go about my “nice little day” of smooth sailing. But bad stuff happened anyway. I knew that, at some point, I’d have to tackle that “bad things” question. Soon I did, when two things in the Bible Lesson bothered me.

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