The Problem of Pain Quotes by C.S. Lewis
How to Hear God Speak to You
After Great Pain, Where Is God?
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Pain is not a respecter of persons. The subject is not popular and most books offer tips on how to offset the symptoms. There are valid reasons for this. No one likes to deal with painful emotions, and it is no surprise. We rather ignore them and numb the pain by forgetting or using another vice like a glass of wine.
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The Problem of Pain is a book on the problem of evil by C. Lewis , in which Lewis argues that human pain, animal pain, and hell are not sufficient reasons to reject belief in a good and powerful God. Lewis summarizes the problem of evil like this: "If God were good, He would make His creatures perfectly happy, and if He were almighty He would be able to do what he wished. But the creatures are not happy. Therefore God lacks either goodness, or power, or both. Lewis does not claim to offer a complete "solution" to the problem of evil. In fact, he argues that we should not expect a full understanding of why God permits evil.
Last month I checked in on a childhood friend whose year-old son committed suicide last year after struggling with a brain injury. Another lifelong friend recently died of colon cancer. The outward courage feels like a ruse to convince ourselves that this immense pain will subside in time, and the weakness of our faith is showing us its shallow limits. Sometimes the struggles are not about death but things like addiction. Stories like these are hardly the whole of life, and most of the people I know are in a pretty good place. Yet every life has a story, and every story is marked by pain, loss and sorrow. Sometimes we suffer; other times we have to watch people we love suffer.
Not to brag, but by age eleven I could recite the sixty-six books of the Protestant Bible in under a minute. It was part of a discipleship program at my small neighborhood church, and I grew to be very fond of checking off the challenges set before me as we fine-tuned biblical knowledge and devotion week after week. From the hard metal chairs, in the carpeted rooms that smelled slightly of microwave popcorn, we were lovingly pruned for a life of Christian discipleship. And I excelled. The program served me well for a time. I kept a strict regimen of Bible-reading, note taking, and memorization throughout my adolescent years.