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Ep.1096: My Life is Full of Suffering – Am I Cursed?

Properly interpreting our misery and understanding biblical curses

My Life is Full of Suffering – Am I Cursed?

Theme Scripture: Romans 8:17

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How often do we hear of someone who just seems to have everything going wrong in their lives? They suffer loss, they have physical ailments, they are deeply distressed and their life seems to be going nowhere.  Sometimes when we are that suffering person, we may begin to wonder, what did I do to deserve this?  Is God mad at me? Am I cursed?  When in dire circumstances these can be very human questions that actually have the ability to unravel our faith.  We can easily allow seeds of doubt to be planted in our hearts which leads to becoming unnerved in our minds.  Bottom line, if we weren’t thrown off by our circumstances, we can certainly be derailed by our reactions.  Does God really get mad at us?  As Christians, does He ever curse us?

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Weren't Adam and Eve cursed?

Even though we may not think so, the idea of God cursing individuals is actually a strange one. I say that because when we look in the Bible to find a history of God’s curses, it does not read the way we might expect. Let’s start with Genesis and the serious sins of disobedience Adam and Eve committed. When it came down to proclaiming consequences God began with Satan. The deceiver was in the form of a serpent and God did curse him, relegating him to the dust of the ground. When it came to Eve and then Adam, he did not curse them. He punished them, but there was no curse upon them. God did, however, curse the ground because of Adam. This curse implied that the ground outside of the garden would not have the same natural fertility as the ground in Eden. Essentially, God’s gift of a life-sustaining environment for his human family would need much more of their own effort to keep them going.

Wasn't Cain cursed?

The same basic theme is applied when Cain killed his brother Abel. The only curse recorded was again upon the ground and not upon Cain himself. So, what’s the point of all this? It is to establish that God (while He does use curses in some places) is not some curse-happy Dictator who vindictively spoils peoples' lives when they make Him unhappy.

Now let’s go back to the question of our personal pain and hardships. God does NOT curse us with suffering. On the other hand, a strong case can be made that He actually is blessing us because of and through these things. Check out our October 21, 2019 podcast, “My Life is Full of Suffering – Am I Cursed?” for details. Once we firmly establish what curses really are, how they work and why they are there, we then address suffering. We open up how the Bible speaks of trials, pain and trauma coming from many different kinds of experiences. We look at these hardships, weigh them in the context of God’s grace and reveal His extraordinary blessing and providence in their wake.

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  1. Good read! I believe some of us are destined for certain life paths regardless. I feel that my family and I are stricken with a generational curse. My circumstances are unchanged and cyclical, but I feel that God may one day remove the curse. I use to be upset about it, but now I embrace the suffering because I feel HE is preparing us for something greater. God bless!

    1. Thank you for writing. Hopefully you have been able to listen to this podcast episode to get a better understanding of our circumstances. – Christian Questions

  2. All my life the odds have been stacked against me, at age 10 the chances of ever being a mother were remived from my life. At 23 my beloved mum was murdered. t 23 i got married to a bad man, at 23 my brother brought me to Australia. He has never wanted me in his lufe since. I have had friends whom have all died, so now i isolate myself in thefear that if i get clise i will loae again. Ive had 2 brain tumours and 3 brain aneurysms as well as 6 blood clots on my lungs. I live in a city where i know no-one, there are days and even weeks i dont utter a word to a single person. I am so very lonely why me i ask all the time. What have i dine wrong to deserve all this pain and suffering

    1. We are so sorry to hear all of the terrible things you have gone through. It must be very exhausting to look back and see all you have endured. We do not know why of all people you are having all of these trying experiences. We can only encourage you to use your time and energy to somehow help others. Maybe if you can volunteer some time, you will be able to gain some strength to see you have a useful purpose and there are others who, believe it or not, can use your help and support. We also recommend doing something every day – reading the Bible, reading inspirational quotes, counting the blessings you DO have, listening to a Christian Questions podcast, writing a thank you note to someone, reaching out to someone who is also lonely, perhaps in a hospital bed or nursing home.

      There is always something you can do prayerfully to change your perspective if you can’t change your circumstances. Read the Psalms – even the great warrior King David was lonely: Psalm 25:16: Turn toward me and have mercy on me, for I am lonely and oppressed. Psalm 107:7: I lie awake, I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop.

      Search out beauty and wonder in life – it is there. Blessings might be hidden, but they are findable. It would be good for you also to seek medical care to make sure you are preventing or managing depression. Hopefully you have been able to listen to this podcast – My Life is Full of Suffering – Am I Cursed? for some practical scriptural advice. We also recommend our 3-part series on depression and anxiety. In our website’s search bar you can put in the episode numbers to find: 1124, 1125 and 1126.

      We hope these suggestions give you some ideas you can begin implementing right away. Please let us know how you are doing going forward. – Christian Questions

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