We've known Daniel almost his whole life. He is now in his early 30's, and has long rejected God. Not without reason. He's seen some fairly awful things said and done in God's name.
recent correspondence with my husband, Daniel revealed that though he is
an atheist, he believes in absolute truth. Mark asked him what he
believes is absolute truth, and Daniel responded that he believes that
pleasure is good, and suffering/pain is evil.
I thought of sadism. And masochism. In these, both pain and pleasure are probably evil.
I thought of the fitness motto: no pain, no gain. A little pain may bring long-term benefit--or healthy pleasure.
I thought of life-saving surgeries.
How about labor and delivery?
are all examples of physical suffering, but I wonder if the same
concepts apply to mental or spiritual suffering? Are there mental
pleasures that are destructive to oneself or others? Are there painful
disciplines that bring long term benefits? Are there piercing losses
that bring long-term mental or spiritual health? Can pain and suffering
birth new spiritual and mental life?
Touched by this Poem that was read on Sunday before communion - Before I take the body of my Lord Before I share his life in bread and wine I recognize the sorry things within These I lay down The words of hope I often ...
9 months ago