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"Everything happens for a reason" -- and other lies I've loved | Kate Bowler

"Everything happens for a reason" -- and other lies I've loved | Kate Bowler

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In life's toughest moments, how do you go on living? Kate Bowler has been exploring this question ever since she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer at age 35. In a profound, heartbreaking and unexpectedly funny talk, she offers some answers -- challenging the idea that "everything happens for a reason" and sharing hard-won wisdom about how to make sense of the world after your life is suddenly, completely changed. "I believe that in the darkness, even there, there will be beauty and there will be love," she says.
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Sajad Jalilian

Life is pointet to chaos, sooner or later it happens, make your peace with it. Ps: I follow TED for hearing things that worth to think about, for these kind of talks anybody can go to church or mosque or whatever

Jul 7th
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Owen Jenkins

stay strong you will fight every thing

Jun 18th
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Jason Huntley

The Prosperity Gospel isn't the Christian Gospel and has nothing to do with Christianity. I also didn't hear any proselytizing. Her message was so unChristian and full of illogical and incoherent garbage, I doubt she even understands what she was spouting. She learned nothing from her experience. Nothing about suffering, nothing about God, nothing about the emptiness of her own beliefs.

Jun 14th
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Kathleen Fuller

This talk feels inappropriate for TED. I don't want to hear Christian proselytizing, especially of the toxic prosperity variety.

Jun 14th
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Susanna Saunders

So you have learnt that life is caprious and cruel with none of it meaning anything. Any 'good deed' is never a justification that you are owed some get out of goal free card. Prosperity Religion... That is really pathetic. Life is random and vacuous with no regard for you or anyone. There is no God. No saviour who is going to save you at the last moment... That is what life is. There is no reason. No purpose, no divine goal, no meaning to our pointless lives. You can try to put some meaning behind loving those around you in some group hug kind of way. But it doesn't ultimately change anything.

Jun 14th
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Lee Mifflin

Susanna Saunders I'd rather be a wrong optimist than a right pessimist.

Jun 20th
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Muhammed Raqib

Susanna Saunders If human being never create anything without its purpose (and if that created thing fails to carry out its purpose we get rid of it), why would God create such an amazing human being without any purpose? This world that we live in and everything around us is full of signs that God exists. The entire universe, billions of galaxies, the skies, the moon, the sun, the earth and how its all functioning perfectly since its been created without a single malfunctioning can never be a creation of anyone other than God, the almighty. Take a look at ourselves, how beautiful, complex and amazing creation is this. Can a man every create anything like this? Nothing in this world and everything that it contains is purpose less. This life is only a transition to the real everlasting life after death. if God has created human beings and all creations the first time (which is more difficult), can that God not recreate the same again? Life cannot be purpose less. God has given everyone a brain to think. This logically and you will find the answers.

Jun 18th
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Kellvin Da Silva Quadros

the gospel don't believe that bad things happened for because God wants or because He have a good plan or this is some good but because we pass contingencies Because we lived in fallen world because Adam sin's

Jun 12th
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Bill McFarlane

If you believe that there's a divine plan then you have to accept anything bad as part of the plan because if you pick up one of the stick (good stuff is part of the plan) then you have to pick up the other end. This is just one of the reason religion is so toxic...

Jun 8th
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Jason Huntley

Bill McFarlane Actually, it makes perfect sense. You have no grounding for your toxic assertion.

Jun 14th
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Atia Janssens

@tedtalks @katebowler when my father died I realised my own mortality. since then I live life more fully and bother less about reasons and meanings. some things just are

Jun 6th
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Keith Ross

Thank you for your testimony and words!

Jun 6th
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Anu Haridas

omg... I cried.. I lost my best friend last year. he was very sweet person... I asked God what did he do to deserve this... that moment I know life just happens. no reason nothing...

Jun 5th
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Jason Huntley

Anu Haridas We don't know God's plans, but everything that happens, Good and Bad, is part of His Sovereign decree.

Jun 14th
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Mzjunglist Luna

I HOPE you know how immensly beautiful, captivating, elequently poetic, and most of all INSPIRING YOU are! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing such a personal piece of your life, along with your soul searching and the revelations revealed to you from your experience..at the risk of sounding overly dramatic, I so greatly appreciate your realistic and a little comical a little cynical and scary, but no part of it sugar coated..ONE HUNRED PERCENT fueled by faith, love, and family! YOU sweetheart are a beautiful one of a kind shining soul! 💜💜💜🗝️🌙💜💜💜

Jun 4th
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Olivia Butler

beautifully said

Jun 4th
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venkat Venki

Great, positivity is the bath

Jun 4th
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KostasAspiotis

Merci 🙏🙏✨✨

Jun 4th
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"Everything happens for a reason" -- and other lies I've loved | Kate Bowler

"Everything happens for a reason" -- and other lies I've loved | Kate Bowler

Kate Bowler