Ravi Zacharias is a Christian apologist – someone who defends the Christian faith. He and Vince Vitale wrote the book, Why Suffering? Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense.
In the first chapter of Why Suffering?, the authors quote Alvin Plantinga (philosopher) who wrote in God, Freedom, and Evil:
In the presence of his own suffering or that of someone near to him he may find it difficult to maintain what he takes to be the proper attitude towards God. Faced with great personal suffering or misfortune, he may be tempted to rebel against God, to shake his fist in God’s face, or even to give up belief in God altogether. But this is a problem of a different dimension. Such a problem calls, not for philosophical enlightenment, but for pastoral care.
Zacharias and Vitale, later in the same chapter, put the above thought this way, “Ideas cannot bring lasting meaning, comfort, or hope. Only a person can.”
For the Christian, that’s the beauty of his faith – the person of Jesus Christ.
And a faith lived is, when on this earth, when a pain is great, a believer is moved to come alongside he who hurts … when only another person can help.