Samuel was a prophet in Israel and came to this role in the eleventh century B.C. He was the last leader of the nation before the first king, Saul, was appointed. The times during which Samuel acted as national leader were not good times. Fraught with idolatry and rebellion, the nation repeatedly lost her way... Continue Reading →
I grew up hearing it. "God 'allows' evil to occur. He uses it to teach us." But the idea that God would allow horrid things to happen to the people he loves in order to teach them is like beating one's children as a method of instruction or believing that rape or torture are acceptable methods of discipline.