How then shall we live?

When Jesus and the disciples encounter the man born blind, the disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” They think that his blindness was a result of God’s judgment and punishment. This thinking often prevails to this day. In natural disaster, such as the earth quake and tsunami that recently hit Japan, many see the hand of a holy God that demands retribution for the sin of a people. But who is without sin? Only Jesus was tempted and sinned not. And how is this idea reconcilable with a God who loves us so that he took human form to die that we might have everlasting life. Is our harsh judgment of others a way that we seek to distant ourselves from the reality of suffering and the avoidance of truth? How can we live in joy and peace within the unpredictability of life?