Posted by: addictmystory | May 18, 2012

The Harmony of Faith and Suffering 5.18.12

Last night while I was speaking to a group of teens that are in trouble with police for drugs and many other things I was asked about God – this is what I told them. All of them have been in trouble for years – all of them are on their last chance before prison would become their home if they do not turn their life around. I will continue to try to get through to them. I would love any helpful messages….All of them are confused and young. The below is a brief message of what I read and is my opinion and my feelings – It is not meant to upset any one….

Suffering, and the sin that breeds it, is a reality so great, so over powering, so menacing, that God seemed forced to resort to desperate measures to deal with it. No magic wand, no thunderous word, no angles, no  prophet, no society in the world could eliminate sin and suffering.

God’s answer…was Jesus Christ, God in human flesh. God the father send God the Son, clothed in human flesh, into the world to suffer and accept the consequences of sin.

Sin and pain seem to prevail. Babies die of cancer. Puppies ae hit on the road. We yell at our children. The power of suffering is so great. So what, in the end does the cross really mean? What good is an escape route, really, if it does not open up until the end of time? I think that answer in part is that the cross never actually promises to free us from pain and suffering, not at least in the present. The cross, in fact, the certainty of pain and suffering.

Here is the mystery: The path of Joy runs straight through the heart of pain and suffering. Christianity, alone among the world’s religions, does not run from pain and suffering but embraces it, and then and only then does it move through it. Jesus Christ is our example of faith: ” For the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). Faith, at the very least asks us to believe this: The path to heaven runs through suffering. Through the sorrow of the world, through that certain doubt and pain, we have faith: sure of what we hope for, certain of what we do not see. God is Love. God is in control. God will wipe away every tear and replace it with a river of joy.

Faith carries with it movement-from what we know to what we long for, from suffering to joy, from earth to heaven. That movement, that song, is always driven and graced by the choice we make to love.

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