Why does God permit trials, hardships and problems? And why are we to “count them all joy” (James 1:2-4) and in them “give thanks” (1 Thes. 5:18). How can I understand that God, who demand unity and for us to strive for it, allows conflict in my life and in the Church with the intent to use it for “our good” and “His glory” (Romans 8:28).
In an article at http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4180 entitled “Vaccine Ingredients”, Brian Dunning in defense of using vaccines despite their damaging makeup, says,
“When you’re exposed to a pathogen, it irritates your body. This irritation is what provokes your immune system to respond, and produce antibodies to fight the pathogen. Vaccines work the same way. They simulate the pathogen in order to produce to right irritation. To prepare your body with the right antibodies to fight some anticipated future pathogen, it’s a necessary and expected step for the vaccine to provoke your immune system with a carefully planned challenge. So when you hear antivaxxers charge that vaccines are harmful and irritating, that’s quite true, but it’s for an important reason and it’s very deliberately controlled. This attack on your body to provoke an immunological response is the way vaccines work. It’s the way your immune system rolls. You don’t strengthen your immune system by eating vitamins or drinking wheatgrass juice or doing yoga or having a coffee enema; you strengthen it by challenging it to respond.”
In the same way, trials, troubles and conflicts are vaccines to help create in us godly responses. Truly, “…the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” If nothing else, the conflict should cause us to look for the root attitude or false belief that allowed it to enter and remove it from our lives.