Some thoughts after reading a chapter on suffering in “The Case for Faith” by Lee Strobel, including his interview with philosophy professor Peter Kreeft:
Some people turn from faith, or reject God because they don’t understand how He could be a God of love, when he can see all of the suffering on Earth, and have unlimited power, yet not “fix” the world. They say He couldn’t possibly bear the sadness, if He truly is a compassionate Father. He is either not loving, or not as powerful has His Word claims.
So how do we resolve this issue?
Yes, the cross. Many may think that this is the most cliche answer a Christian can give, a cop-out answer to a difficult question.
In the cross, we find God. His immortal, heavenly being cannot feel physical pain and suffering. Yet, because He loved us, and wanted to fix the relationship we broke, He took on mortal flesh. He took all of his godly qualities, His all-knowing and infinitely wise spirit and stuck it into the awkward, vulnerable, limited form of a man. That in itself speaks of Love.
But that wasn’t enough. He allowed Himself to be mocked. To be beaten until He was beyond recognition. He was denied by one who loved Him dearly, unfairly judged and condemned, and executed. He hung by spikes through His wrists, shoulders dislocated. His flayed back rubbing against rough wood, as He balancing on another spike through His ankles trying to push up and get a breath. He endured unimaginable physical and emotional pain, as much as a human can bear. Then, before His physical body succumbed, He took on the sins of the World. He took your guilt, your shame, your insecurities and took them as His own. He took all your mistakes, your regrets, and erased them with His blood.
How can a loving God bear to see the suffering of the world?
He bore it Himself. That’s how.
He is perfect love. In the midst of our pain, we are not alone. He cries with us. And when we look up, He wipes our tears, holds our hand, and we will find His presence is the most pure and satisfying thing we can know.