God’s Response to the Problem of Pain

The following cartoon was drawn by Ken Catalino whose work is featured at Townhall,

It probably refers to the current devastation in Myanmar (though it could equally apply to the ’05 tsunami or Hurricane Katrina). Not sure who the angel is supposed to be, but the artist makes it evident that he is questioning God.

I understand that such events that affect so many always raise important questions about the goodness of God. The questions basically take the form of, “How can a loving God ______?

CS Lewis called it the “problem of pain” and wrote a brilliant treatment of it in his book “The Problem of Pain.”

While the book is very good and I enjoyed it immensely, but because it is solely a human product (unlike Scripture) it cannot supplant God’s own response to the paradigm of human suffering, Job.

Job spends most of the book named after him trying to understand why he has suffered so. He lost his children, his property, his health and even his friends try to provide him with easy answers.

Yet God’s response to Job’s questioning is truly one of the most majestic and humbling portions in all of Scripture,

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
“Who is this that darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
“Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding…

Click here to read the rest of God’s response as well as Job’s reaction.

2 Responses to God’s Response to the Problem of Pain

  1. pdawwg08 says:

    This was a great book! I just finished it myself and wrote a review as well! http://fablefreak.wordpress.com/ Thanks for the review!

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