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The Mystery of Suffering

The Mystery of Suffering

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Why do the righteous suffer, and often the wicked do not? This is a major question of life, and we all ask why?
Why do the righteous suffer, and often the wicked do not? This is a major question of life, and we all ask why?

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jun 24, 2011
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THE MYSTERY OF SUFFERIGTHE MYSTERY OF SUFFERIGBy J. R. Miller 1905Edited by Glenn PeaseTHE why of suffering hasever been among the mostserious problems of life.When Jesus showed sym-pathy with a man whohad been born blind, Hisdisciples started the question, " Rabbi, whosinned, this man, or his parents, that heshould be born blind ? " They were quite surethat somebody had sinned, and that this blind-ness was the result. That was the commonbelief of those days. It was thought that any-one who suffered in misfortune or was over-taken by calamity had sinned, and that hismisfortune or calamity was visited on him be-cause of his sin.There is much of this belief still in the world.In the " Spectator " is this message : " An oldmaiden gentlewoman, whom I shall concealunder the name of emesis, is the greatestdiscoverer of judgments that I have met with.She can tell you what sin it was that set sucha man's house on fire, or blew down his barns.She has a crime for every misfortune that canbefall any of her acquaintance — in short, sheis so good a Christian that whatever happensto herself is a trial, and whatever happens toPage 1
THE MYSTERY OF SUFFERIGher neighbor is a judgment."The old question, why the good suffer andthe wicked escape suffering, is to many a per-plexing question. Only the other day a bril-liant literary woman who has fallen into mis-fortune, wrote, " A depression blacker thanyou can conceive is now upon me. I know Inever can write again. And both my sisterand I are penniless — worse, in debt. ... Iwrite this to ask you, in view of this irreme-diable disaster, what you think of God." Thispitiful cry is from one half-crazed by mis-fortune, but there are many others who, moresanely than this poor woman, persist in ask-ing the question, in time of great trouble," What do you think now of God? " A sor-rowing father, after watching by the dyingbed of a beloved child, said, " Had it been inmy power to bear her pain for her, howgladly would I have done it ! I could not bearto see her suffer ; how is it that God could ? "The problem of the why of suffering presseson every life, on every heart, in some way,at some time. As one writes :" This is the cryThat echoes through the wilderness of earth,Through song and sorrow, day of death andbirth :Why?"It is the highPage 2
THE MYSTERY OF SUFFERIGWail of the child with all his life to face,Man's last dumb question as he reaches space :Why?''We remember that even Jesus, in one terriblehour on the cross, asked, " Why ? " He couldnot understand the awful mystery of His ownsuffering. Faith did not lose its hold, how-ever, for it was still, " My God, my God,"even when the bitter cry was, " Why — whyhast thou forsaken me? "" His cure was this : to hold fast through the night,Though bowed and blind with the dust of thefight — God, God as my God, unseen, but my right.'"There is no one of us who may not some timecry out in the darkness, asking, " Why thispain, this suffering, this mystery of trou-ble? " It is a relief for us to know that thegospel has its answers for the question. Jesusgave an answer to His disciples that day onthe street.First, He told them plainly that their belief was not true. He said, " either did this mansin, nor his parents." He did not mean thatthe man and his parents were sinless. Hemeant that the misfortune of blindness hadnot been brought on him by sin. or did Hemean that sickness, blindness, and other dis-eases and calamities are never due to sin.Page 3

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