Sunday, January 29, 2006

Heb 12 and suffering

Today's message was on Hebrews 12. The estimated number of people here is around 60 adults. The preacher took a brave stance today, after sharing about the need to see discipline as a divine effort to help us grow spirituality.

Once individuals started sharing about suffering and difficulties, some tears flowed, and some agony followed, as there seemed to be no good explanation on why would God allow suffering? I guess one reason it touches the human soul, especially the Christian is the fact that suffering epitomizes the tension between the 'Goodness of God' and the 'Pain of evil'. Why would a good God allow evil? Hebrews certainly points to a positive outset, to be hopeful and be able to persevere in the midst of suffering and difficulties. Some pointed out that one should not be too quick to jump to that conclusion as one needs to consider the reality of evil itself.

I think that is insightful too, as there are times in which we need to see God allowing us to see 'how evil' the consequences of sin can have. The problem of evil is certainly a problem that many have grappled with over the years. To think one can resolve it in 1 weekend is simply folly. What remains is the memory that God is Sovereign and in control. As long as we hold this mystery, maybe we should allow this mystery to keep us in faith. It is that fleshly deception that the 'right to know' the answers to mysteries in this world, that in itself blocks the path of faith.


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