What’s your Theology of Suffering

This is clearly an MDiv exercise, something I don’t have to do… but I was asked and here you go:

My current theology of suffering is rooted more in the eclectic etheral of the esoteric. Suffering, in my opinion, is sometimes par for the course in times of great change. To react too strongly against it leads to resisting it, and by that, resisting God’s Will. I believe in God’s Unseen Hand, moving us along, guiding us, and sometimes, pushing us back as the mythic Tower of Babel suggets while we now have nearly the same capablity, but use it for the good (usually). I think of the growing pains which we have experienced and our children experience. Thier chins hurt or the arms hurt, and it does get painful at times, but through this suffering they are growing. I do not recommend them ignorning it or glorying in it, and I will give them motrin, but the suffering cannot be stopped. Through suffering, the universe is as it is, sustaining not just life, but our life.

Further, through the suffering which proceeded the Reformation, we were granted the Reformation.

But, there is also the suffering that we inflect upon ourselves due to our very human condition, due to our need to be more than we should be, due to our desire to be happy which in of itself is not a bad thing, but if that desire is misplaced, then we suffer.

It’s also rooted in the Second Law of Thermodynamics and specifically, entropy.

What’s your?

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2 Replies to “What’s your Theology of Suffering”

  1. I believe that the OT clearly teaches that God sends suffering to his people as a means of punishment for sin and lack of repentence, but as a means of forcing them to look to him for salvation. Israel did this over and over as a nation. I’m sure there were true God followers among them who were forced to suffer along with all the rest. I also see that the choices we make in life, as well as the choices others make, lead to suffering. I don’t see these as a direct action of God, but rather a natural consequence of those choices. I also believe the promise that God will not allow us to suffer more than we can bear, but I believe that promise is rooted in the fact that we are focused on him and not oursleves. I will continue to try to alleviate suffering by helping others and taking medication for myself. But I mainly pray that I will continue to abide in him through it all, whatever the outcome, and look for salvation from him and not the world.

  2. Pain is one of the driving forces in growth. Mankind has grown in leaps and bounds because of the need to eliminate and avoid pain and suffering.

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