Bay Area Skeptics

The San Francisco Bay Area's skeptical organization since 1982

Is There a Need?

Originally published in BASIS




June 1982

There are those in the Bay Area who “earn” their daily bread from the pain, suffering, guilt, fear, and hate of others.

Rev. B. Woods Mattingley, Founder-Director of The Seeker’s Quest, entitled the lead article in his current newsletter: “Why Do We Suffer Pain?”

His answer: “Most serious illness can be attributed to one of several reasons: karmic, in which current life pain results from the excesses or ‘sins’ of a past life…. Physical pain is also a telling statement that the person has some past-life reason which is creating his present-life pain.”

Those who are unfortunate enough to suffer pain do not need guilt piled on top of it!

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