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Tests: Why God Gives Them

Would you send your child to a school that gives no tests?

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Visitor Comments: 28

(22) Dmity, August 21, 2012 7:24 PM

Great stuff, Lori! I think that the suggested "test" mindset would work for nearly all of our life's situations, apart from the ones that end in a gas chamber. Did those folks pass the test and why did HaShem give them a test whose results they were never to know? How does the theory about "90% toward passing of the test" applies to a 20-year old, who is about to pass away from a terminal cancer, - for him such a mindset is no longer an option! Thanks!

(21) Clara, July 25, 2012 5:27 AM

Tests from G-d

I thought you were very flippant talking about "tests" from G-d. There are those that can be so painful they affect a person's very soul. You're talking about financial tests and political tests but could you honestly direct your message to the parents, husband and children of a young woman who just died?

ellen, July 26, 2012 3:50 PM

I agree

I feel the same way and was very disturbed, not so much about the message but the way it was presented. I hope the next few weeks, when Lori will continue to talk about tests from God, that it will be done with more sensitivity. A test from God can be a heartbreaking ordeal and it was treated all too casually for me.

shoshana, August 5, 2012 5:38 PM


Define "test". If you're talking about painful things that happen to people, that is not a test. That is pain. Any pain- Pain just like when I stub my toe in the morning. I'm not trying to minimize the extent of pain that people experience. But the pain in itself is not the TEST. The tests are the moral decisions we have to make each moment of life, painful or not. Of course, having to deal with a painful situation can make making a moral decision harder (will I be rude to my spouse now that my toe is throbbing?). But you need to diffrentiate between hard things happening to people and being tested in our character- how we will behave in a given situation. In fact, the pains of life are there to get us to advance in our spiritual goals. I may think I am a patient and loving spouse-until the day I stub my toe! Life is like an obstacle course- all the challenges of life, even the daily struggle to earn a living and put food on the table (G-d could have made money very easily accessible to all) are only there to give us a framework in which to forward our spiritual advancement and become more G-d like as a result(the ultimate pleasure). The only opportunity to do this is in this physical world. We are given tests to bring out into existence the potential that we have lying dormant in ourselves and to show US what we're really made of.

(20) Anonymous, July 25, 2012 5:10 AM

If Gd is omniscient He knows the outcome before He tests...

So, what is the point of the test? When a human teacher. Tests s/he does not know for certain how each student will fare. The analogy is thus flawed. My q remains, and had always bugged me in that it raises a larger q as to whether one can have "free will" when hid Creatof knows one's every move before s/he makes it. Thanx for your consideration. Mark

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