Monday, April 4, 2016

The Possibilities of Pain II

Last post I briefly highlighted the reason that PAIN makes many intellectuals atheists.  In fact, the problem of Pain is a HUGE problem for most of us Christians.

But there is hope:

“The problem of reconciling human suffering with the existence of God who loves, is only insoluble so long as we attach a trivial meaning to the word 'love' and look on things as if man were the centre of them.” CS Lewis, Prob of Pain

Ah, but am I not the center of the universe?


Well, I guess maybe not.  Perhaps there is a Purpose in Pain.  Perhaps Pain provides some benefits, though these may seem to come at too great a cost.  I guess Jesus endured some pain and suffering at the cross, and clearly G^d permitted it, despite any protestations we might have.  Let's see what G^d's opinion is.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  Ja 1:2-4

Joy?  Really?  Seriously?  The testing of my faith?  Produces what?  And Endurance produces what?

Possibly Pain has a Positive Purpose?

Hmmm, looks that way!

1 comment:

  1. I have tried not to wonder too much about the pain I am in (the why of it). Iknow I am in His Palm, and He sees more than I. I try not to fear the future, as my pain break thru is more frequent and more severe. My impatience lies in the area of not being able to do what my brain is wanting to do. Ah, well. I know joy comes in the morning!