Suffering In C. S. Lewis 'The Problem Of Pain'

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The topic of suffering probably is the hardest for me to bear as a Christian, because it is the result of evil in the world, and since God’s allowance of evil is hard to explain, it is an atheist’ best argument against Christian faith. My views on why God allows suffering are based on C.S. Lewis’ book “The Problem of Pain”. Lewis’ thoughts basically show that there is sufficient evidence that God is real and that pain exists because the all-powerful God created creatures that aren’t happy. Since the fall of man, we are never content with what we have and are always in on the pursuit of happiness that even our forefathers recognized. This explains evil in the world; that we feel like we deserve more than we have been given, so we fight for and take what we can get, often wickedly. Our general discontent leads to evil, which leads to …show more content…
Living a perfect life with 4 children and a white picket fence doesn’t “refine us like silver” like David writes in Psalms 66:10. Since God sends us a lot of adversity, the Bible teaches a lot of consolation, although not enough. Recently, I’ve encountered friends that have divorced parents and rough family issues, and since I’ve come from a “white picket fence” family in my point of view, it’s hard for me to deal with the fact that my friends have suffered and I haven’t. It’s not because I’m better than they are, or more righteous, because I’m not. Free will has been my answer to many important topics such as the allowance of evil in the world, but for the concept of suffering, it is harder for me to say that. That’s not based on my beliefs but the fact that our decisions as mature adults can spark the fatal leukemia in a child. Belief of free will states that our actions as humans creates evil in the world which constitutes to suffering for the entire human population. It is really hard for me to believe that an innocent could have cancer and die because of my

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