Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Wednesday – 1st Peter 4 - The Problem of Pain



. S. Lewis wrote a book entitled, "The Problem of Pain." I have neither the space before me nor the intellect within me to attempt a Lewis style apologetic. However, we have arrived at 1st Peter 4 & are faced with this problem, so let's deal with it. There are many reasons for pain & suffering in this life. Simply put, Adam's sin has brought a curse of anguish & evil on us that will not be eradicated from the universe until God makes all things new (Romans 8:22 & Revelation 21:1 & 4). But there is both an antecedent & many derivatives of Adam's fall. Obviously, we must wonder why God allowed it in the first place. Knowing His infinite power & goodness, there must be some greater benefit that the possibility of evil & suffering supplied. To me, love is the answer. C.S. Lewis wrote, "Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature & the existence of free-wills involve, & you find that you have excluded life itself." I fully agree. A world without choice would be a world without love, faith, or relationship. What glory or pleasure could God get from that kind of a world?

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