How could a loving God allow all the pain there is in this world? Yeah. That’s a question that people who hate God love to ask. Because they believe it exposes what they consider to be flaws in the Christian faith. But that assertion makes the assumption that love and pain are mutually exclusive.
And no amount of love can erase all the pain.
So, let’s apply a solid combination of love and logic. And I love how C.S. Lewis stated it:
“The problem of reconciling human suffering with the existence of a 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. Man is not the centre. God does not exist for the sake of man. Man does not exist for his own sake. Thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. We were made not primarily that we may love God (though we were made for that too) but that God may love us, that we may become objects in which the divine love may rest well pleased.”
People, who disdain Christianity, ironically use its doctrine instead of their own to try and ridicule or debunk it. That would be sad if it weren’t so clearly contemptuous. They inherently know their own worldview lacks substance. Because complete, blanketed tolerance of different worldviews would, by default, have to include the Christian worldview. After all, isn’t a Christian also “doing what he feels is right?” Like everyone else?
If they could at least do that, they’d be true to their so-called love for tolerance and diversity.
But coexistence isn’t truly the goal.
They want to negate and obliterate even the notion of a living, loving Creator God.
So, here’s what I suggest. Christians should stand boldly and proudly. Shine the light of God’s love into this dark world that’s getting darker. Look for and seize opportunities to expose and negate the thoughtless, careless, and loveless doctrines of humanism and self-worship.
No matter how successful we are we won’t get rid of all the pain in the world. But we at least maybe help a few more people avoid an eternity of pain. And they’ll thank us for it when we’re all in paradise one day.
Jesus, Redeemer, Creator of Heaven,
Tells every dear Christian who dies…
We will be with him forever and ever.
Now, I call that real paradise.
(from the song “Real Paradise”)
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