Ok so for those of you following my blog I'm pretty sure this "Evil and Suffering" series of posts is going to go up to like 100 parts. I have found many things worthy of posting regarding the topic, and I have some points on evil and suffering in the world that I wish to share based on what my friend Chad wrote on his website http://losingmyreligion.ca/ so I hope to be able to continue posting over the coming weeks despite my super busy schedule. Until then here is a short thought for the day on "how can we suffer if there is a God?" So here's a thought I'll share from www.biologos.org.
The Christian Consolation: A God Who SuffersChristians have a powerful consolation in the face of evil: the God they worship became human and suffered like us in the historical person of Jesus. Jesus lived a human life and experienced a physical death. But this physical suffering was only a part of his full suffering. The greatest agony for Jesus was the temporary loss of relationship with God. He went from experiencing the closest possible relationship with God to a state of total separation on the cross. This is became evident when he cried out his final words, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34). Jesus underwent this suffering out of love for humanity and obedience to God, knowing that his terrible death could restore our relationship to God. Keller attests to the significance of this:
"Christianity alone among the world religions claims that God became uniquely and fully human in Jesus Christ and therefore knows firsthand despair, rejection, loneliness, poverty, bereavement, torture, and imprisonment. On the cross, he went beyond even the worst human suffering and experienced cosmic rejection and pain that exceeds ours as infinitely as his knowledge and power exceeds ours. In his death, God suffers in love, identifying with the abandoned and godforsaken."We cannot fully explain evil, but we can say that it is not an indicator that God does not love us. In Jesus, God has suffered, and we can rest assured that that God shares our pain and knows our sufferings.