The problem of pain is one of the toughest issues to deal with because this problem affects everyone.
Christianity differs from other religions greatly on the problem of pain. CS Lewis has one of my favorite quotes on the problem of pain.
“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.CS Lewis
Pain is God’s way of letting us know that he is here, that Jesus’ death covers our pain and give us eternal life. It is the signal of a present God telling us that there is a purpose to our lives and to come to him so we can reach a place where there will be no more pain.
You can’t have the highs without the lows, and through our lows, God shows us his great plan for the future.
Other religions, such as Hinduism, on the contrary, has no answer for pain. In Jesus Among Other Gods, Ravi Zacharias says this about Hinduism,
“The difficulty with Hinduism is that it has no monolithic answer to the problem of suffering.”Ravi Zacherias
It is simple, but true that Hinduism has no answer for why we feel pain. Hindus would claim that evil is simply an illusion. But when my friend died, it didn’t feel like an illusion. It sucked. Death is real and it sucks.
So I am grateful for my faith because it gives an answer to why there is pain in the world.
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Thank you, for you post. Your statement “You can’t have the highs without the lows,” seems counterintuitive. Why can’t you?
Read “The Giver.” It is a brilliant work of fiction and it illustrates this point fantastically. Can you describe something tall without reference to something shorter? Can you know happiness without knowing sorrow?