Approximately 50 years ago, a piece of research was conducted at Stanford University which resulted in a greater understanding of the role gratification plays in the development of children’s education. During a study into understanding child behaviour, a number of young children were led into a room and each given a marshmallow which they could […]

Last week we looked at Freud’s psychological thinking about superego, id and ego and how each of these play out in the decisions people make and the outcomes that arise. With this in mind, let’s develop this further to embrace the issue of freewill of those who, believing a conspiracy is being waged against them, […]

Why do we have to die? Why do we have to die? Now, while this question is seldom articulated out loud, it is often found in the guise of other questions people ask: questions such as: Why did God create a world dependent on tectonic movement? Why doesn’t God remove all the evil people from […]

‘Is God bothered by human death and dying?’   The ‘Bigger Picture’ Perhaps the thing that bothers people most about suffering today is the sense of waste or futility when loved ones die as a result of illness, evil actions or natural events. Central to the concern is a sense that the life of the […]

Why does God allow illness? Research over the years has helped researchers to understand diseases and find cures. One example is leprosy which, if left untreated, affects the person’s nervous system, causing damage to skin, limbs and eyes. Although, leprosy was recorded in biblical times, it was not until the last century that it was […]