WOULD YOU EXPLAIN ABOUT THE SUFFERING OF PEOPLE AS SOME PEOPLE SUFFER VERY LITTLE, IF ANY, AND SOME PEOPLE SUFFER ALL THEIR LIFE? HOW LONG DOES ONE WAIT ON GOD TO HEAL MIRACULOUSLY BEFORE ACCEPTING GOD ISN'T GOING TO MIRACULOUSLY HEAL AND GO ... ...
- Guess what, it's time for email.
- Let's go for it.
- Alright, let's startwith this one from Jeff.
He says, "Hello."
"Would you explain aboutthe suffering of people
"as some people suffervery little, if any,
"and some people suffer all their life?"
- Ya know, it's hard tosay, why do people suffer.
I think that's been aquestion throughout the ages.
Why is there suffering?
Why do good things, I mean bad things,
happen to good people?
All these philosophical questions.
Ya know, I want you toknow, some suffering is
caused by the way you live.
Your lifestyle can cause allkinds of disease and suffering.
Your mental attitude can cause suffering.
The bible says a married heart doeth good
like medicine, so if you'rehappy, if you're joyful,
if you praise God for what'sgoing on in your life,
you'll get out of those problems.
So, it's true but why do somepeople have those problems?
Well, a lot of it, as Isay, is self inflicted
and I think there'ssomething about our mind.
Ya know, we project AM and FM radio waves
out of our brains andI think that ya know,
a man can eat good bythe fruit of his lips.
You eat good by what you say.
I am more than a conquerorthrough Christ that loves me.
I am more than a conquerorthrough him that loves me.
I can do all things throughChrist that strengthens me.
If we continue to reaffirm things,
we'll find that our lifearound us begins to change.
Alright, Joe says, "I'dlike to know your opinion
"about street preacherswho stand on the street
"and yell at people thatthey're going to hell.
"Some even stand infront of certain churches
"and tell people that go there that
"they will go to hell.
"They even tell young mento cut their hair short
"if it's too long.
"This doesn't sound likepreaching the truth in love.
"What do you think?"
- Well, I think you're absolutely right.
These guys are screw balls and I mean,
it's a free countryand that's the problem.
People can get on and shout about anything
and they see these angryconfrontations, ya know,
between skinheads and these others.
I mean, it's a shame.
It's a free country.
You can't put em in jail but,
I guess if they'reinciting riots and things,
maybe you can restrain them from doing it.
The Supreme Court talkedabout shouting fire
in a crowded theater.
But most of that, Imean, we've got freedom.
What do I think about it?
I think it's an absolute disgrace.
I think these people are not serving God,
they're serving themselvesand they may have
some emotional problem or theymay have some screw loose,
but nevertheless, I don't agree with it.
It's not the way you win somebody.
You win somebody withgentleness, with love,
with compassion, withunderstanding and so forth.
You don't win anybody to anythingby yelling at em, alright?
Alright, Maimie says, "Pat,you mentioned on the show
"that you'd had a total knee replacement.
"How long does one wait onGod to heal miraculously
"before accepting God isn'tgoing to miraculously heal
"and go ahead and have the surgery?
"I've been told I need atotal knee replacement."
- I had a partial knee replacement,
but there's a man in Chicago, Dr. Burger,
who is a genius.
He went to MIT as well as medical school.
He came up with a kneereplacement and I had mine done.
You get so to the pointwhere you can't walk.
I mean, how long do you have to,
if every step is in agony,it's time to get it fixed
and Dr. Burger, I was walking up steps
about 30 minutes after surgery.
I rode a horse seven days after surgery.
- Oh wow!
Did you say 30 minutes after surgery?
- Right, I was walking up steps.
- Soon as he got me up from bed.
- The kinda surgery I like, yeah.
- Yeah, but I mean, wehad a camera crew in there
and they had ya know, they took a saw,
you could see the saw andthey cut out the arthritis
that was in there.
- So maybe in this case,the surgery was the miracle.
- Well, of course it was.
You ask me, it's when you get so bad,
you can't move, it'stime to get on with it.
But make sure you got somebody that knows
what they're doing 'cause theycan ruin your knee as well.