People – all people – inescapably contribute to the suffering and pain in the world by their acts of commission and omission. Consequently, people, as contributors to the problem, cannot eliminate it.
The cessation of suffering and pain is a task larger than humanity. It’s a God-sized task.
This writing will not offer proofs of God, the God of the Bible, or the reliability of the Bible. It assumes there is a God, He is the God of the Bible, and the Bible is a reliable source for understanding God.
So, what is in the Bible that shines light on suffering and pain?
A foundational understanding is that I cannot fully comprehend suffering and pain.
In the Bible one can read:
‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ said the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than you thoughts,’ (Isaiah 55:8,9).
“Why” is so important to who we are that our spirits ache when a full “why” is unavailable. But that’s who we are. We are wired to desire a perfect understanding, but unable to attain it.
There is no getting around it: A perfect understanding is a God thing, not a me thing. He knows, I don’t.
Suffering, Pain, and God (Part V) publish date TBD.