Head First: God and the problem of pain.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

God and the problem of pain.

"How do you expect me to believe in God, when only last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of my electric type-writer?"

—Woody Allen


Keith Jones said...

"God is love"... and just how loving would God be to let that person get their tongue stuck?

If God really is love, as we are told, then that must mean that it was loving to allow that to happen. Maybe that's the point of being here; to give us experiences of pain and pleasure, love and hate, so that we can truly empathize with others. And through that empathy, we are brought to love, and through that love, we are brought to God.

Just some thoughts...

dorsey said...

I like the line from "Bruce Almighty:"

"You can't kneel down in the middle of a highway and live to talk about it, son."

Similarly, I would advise Mr. Allen to keep his tongue out of the typewriter. That's just the way the world is set up.

SocietyVs said...

I have always wondered about the problem of pain - why is this such a huge problem anyways? I am quite aware as humans we are made up of emotions - thus feelings play a huge part of everything we do. I think pain is neccesary for growth to be totally honest. What kind of world would this be if we never experienced feelings of betrayal, hurt, dis-honesty, selfishness, hatred, anger, etc...? I may not like how pain feels - but I do learn from 'being burned'.

señor jefe said...

Speaking of Woody Allen:


John Three Thirty said...

The bible is brutally honest in reminding us that anyone who is a true son of God (instead of an illegitimate bastard) gets the shit beat out of them.

It's right there in black and white, plain as day, New Testament.

Of course, no one in a pulpit today will preach this, cause they need people to show up so they can pay the mortgage and salaries.

The Church's ears are so stuffed with feathers that most gawk at this. Told a guy this last week and he stammered "that's not in the bible!!!!" and I said "New Testament, friend, as in you and me".

This is expressed with zero "hell fire and damnation" tone, rather it is just stoic "that's the way it is". So few want to actually grow up in the faith. They want to stay diapered and do nothing but wah-wah to Dad.