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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY C.S. Lewis on Suffering and Pain in the Christian Life Submitted to Dr. William Donelson, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of the course SEMI 500
 – 
 B19 Introduction to Seminary Studies  by Joseph Fadul February 23, 2014
 
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Introduction
Throughout scripture, Christians are not only told to expect suffering in their lives, but are guaranteed to suffer much for their faith in Jesus Christ. Suffering and pain are essential aspects of the Christian life which many Christians struggle with. One reason being that the true gospel is not preached to people when they seek Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Many are drawn to faith in Jesus in the midst of some trial or tribulation in their lives in hope that that he
will deliver them from it. This false gospel, known as the “prosperity gospel” is one being
 preached in America today under the false pretense that submitting to Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life guarantees that you will live a prosperous and pain free life from that point on. This is a dangerous message to preach as suffering and pain are necessary aspects of the Christian life and any belief that God will keep you from suffering while you live on earth will ultimately result in questioning his love and goodness.
The Christian faith teaches us that “…
after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you
.”
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 What the Bible actually tells us is that by submitting your life to Jesus Christ, he will comfort you through times of trials and tribulations and use those trials and tribulations to draw you closer to him. However, by no means does it serve as a guarantee that he will keep you from experiencing suffering of any kind. As John Piper, former pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota,
writes that “All
experiences of suffering in the path of Christian obedience, whether from persecution or sickness or accident have this in common: They all threaten our faith in the goodness of God and tempt us
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 1 Peter 5:10 ESV
 

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