Friday, July 27, 2012

On Pain and Suffering

"The problem of pain, of war and the horror of war, of poverty and disease is always confronting us. But a god who allows no pain, no grief, also allows no choice. There is little unfairness in a colony of ants, but also there is little freedom."

Madeleine L'Engle

What do you say (or write) when someone asks how a loving God can allow pain and suffering, injustice  and war? What do you think of Madeleine L'Engle's words on the subject?


Donna said...

that's a powerful quote, Jean. I have never read it until today. wow.

quietspirit said...

This makes me think, really think. She says some deep things here.

Jean said...

Dear QS,

I know what you mean. And our thinking should be tied to our praying, don't you agree? God created us as rational beings capable of deep thoughts.

I believe those thoughts should naturally point us to God, our Creator.


Jean said...


So, do you agree with L'Engle or disagree?


Carol Baldwin said...

interesting quote, Jean. I'll have to mull it over. ...carol

Jean said...

Thanks, Carol. Mull away!


Linda said...

I understand Madeleine's explanation,and I've tried to use this when explaining my faith and God's ways to people who question my faith. But, it's really hard when it comes to the unfathomable atrocities that go on in the world today, such as sexual abuse of a child. I still question God.
P.S. I'm so glad you're back, Jean. I love your blog!

Jean said...

I understand what you mean, Linda.

To me it's a great comfort to know that God is big enough and kind enough to handle our questions. Even when I question Him, even when I doubt Him, He still hangs onto me and believes in me.