Some people do almost anything they can to avoid any kind of pain and suffering. If there's any risk of pain or suffering some people will not take the risk no matter what. This is what has been called the great untruth of fragility: what doesn't kill you makes you weaker (Lukianoff/Haidt). If a person… Continue reading Pain and Suffering in the Christian Life (Carson)
For those of you who know what it means to go through a very hard trial, you probably understand sayings like this: "One day at a time," and "I'm just putting one foot in front of the other." Trials and suffering are the mud and muck of life that slow you down, trip you up,… Continue reading Suffering and One Foot In Front of the Other
Some Christians suffer more than others. God, in his mysterious sovereignty, has given some of his children a more difficult lot and heavier load than others. Depression, chronic illness, handicaps, intense family conflict, mental illness, and other trials are the hard lot of some Christians. Abraham Kuyper reminds us that St. Paul had a very… Continue reading To Christians Who Suffer
Suffering and pain are realities in life. Despite what Buddhists or New Age cults say about suffering, it is real, it hurts, and it can even shake the Christian's faith. Thankfully Scripture gives us a helpful angle on suffering in light of God's sovereignty. We see it on the cross and we see it… Continue reading Wasted Pain? Pointless Suffering?
Sometimes life for the Christian is just plain hard. We're not exempt from the effects of Adam's sin, so we face debilitating illnesses, allergies that nearly cripple us, mental anguish that makes for dark days, and other people often are like thorns in our flesh. Sometimes we still wander and stumble into sin. Following Jesus… Continue reading When Darkness Hides His Face