Why Does God Allow Suffering?

*Spoilers to Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood*

Suffering has been a part of existence since the beginning and defines what it means to be human. Death, tragedy, and hardship are a part of life on earth and it is something that will eventually come to everyone. However, when suffering becomes unbearable, we immediately look to God, wondering why a loving creator would allow His people to walk through pain. We become angry with God, pointing the finger at Him, and question His will for our lives. Some even deny the existence of such a being because of this reasoning.

In the 2009 Bones anime, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, young alchemists Edward and Alphonse Elric wrestle with the same issue. They themselves have experienced some of the worst pain a human can endure and believe that, since God refuses to help them, they should use their alchemy to solve all their problems. Through their past alchemic mistakes and journey searching for the Philosopher’s Stone, the boys learn the truth of suffering. For people in the real world, their stories of tragedy and hardship mirror what the Elrics experienced and unknowing give the same conclusion, pointing directly to Jesus Christ.  Continue reading “Why Does God Allow Suffering?”

Anime Recommendations For Christians?

Although picking up a new anime series may be an easy task for any regular person, the task is daunting and difficult for Christians. Since nearly all of the companies that make anime are from Japan, many shows are saturated in morals and ideas rooted in Buddhism, Secularism, and Atheism, which makes searching for the “perfect” anime to be very hard. I, for one, have had difficulty in achieving this task, and have had to rely on the opinions of my otaku friends. Aimlessly searching Google for the answers that you need can be tedious, and there are not many Christians who dare to recommend such a “taboo” practice.

I may have watched anime for only two years, and although I’m not the best qualified person for the job, I wanted to share some anime that I have either heard extremely good things about or that I have personally watched that will help propel your faith if watched with the right mindset. These are the kind of shows that will not only keep you engaged with an amazing plot, dynamic characters, and amazing action animation, but also allow you as the audience to learn something new about human nature. These are wholesome shows that I have and would watch myself. Ultimately, the takeaway from all of these anime should be something that leads you to see that there is an overwhelming need for Christ. Continue reading “Anime Recommendations For Christians?”