Stuff on Suffering

I think that one of the more difficult thoughts that we have to overcome is that as Christians we can fall for the often told, or implied, lie that as Christians suffering will no longer be a part of our lives. And if it is, it is because of some moral failure, some lesson that we have to learn, or that it is something that just happens and God is somehow going to make things all right. I think that when we frame suffering in this way we are left with a deficient theology of suffering and in many ways we undermine God’s character. Not only that, but all are terrible alternatives to a Christian’s response to or understanding of suffering. I think that they are shallow, hurtful and inconsistent with the what the bible says. What makes matters more amazing is that we have not investigated deeply enough what God, Jesus, and the writers of the Old and New Testament have to teach us about suffering.

–Victor Scott, Why Not Me?: Rethinking How and Why We Suffer | Part 3, also see Part 1 and Part 2

There are a lot of quotable quotes on these and I think it’s a valuable read.

The Gift of Suffering – I confess I haven’t listened to this yet but I wanted to pass it along.

These would have gone on the old Suffering Christians blog, which merged with this one.

2 Responses to “Stuff on Suffering”


  1. 1 Victor

    Jeff,

    Thanks for the mention on your blog. These three posts have been a long time coming. I look forward to keeping up with you.

    Victor

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    You’re welcome. Very well done. I can imagine how much time they took.
    Jeff

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