Suffering and Problem of Pain

Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does God allow suffering and evil? These are questions central to the Christian faith, and questions that have not gone unexplored in the cannon of Christian philosophy. Job, Augustine, C.S. Lewis, and others have contributed to the ongoing dialogue surrounding this issue. For some, stories of personal suffering, persecution, and martyrdom provide a rallying point and reminder of the pain Christ faced at the cross and the price of our sin; others suggest suffering is a character-building endeavor. One thing is sure: suffering is an important element of the Christian faith. As the apostle Paul wrote: “ I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things” (Philippians 3:8, NIV).

Featured Articles

To Serve Is to Suffer
To Serve Is to SufferSubscriber Access Only
If the apostle Paul knew fatigue, anger, and anxiety in his ministry, what makes us think we can avoid them in ours?
When My Son Was Arrested for Murder
When My Son Was Arrested for MurderSubscriber Access Only
Finding faith under unthinkable circumstances.
Yancey Reflects at V Tech
Where Is God When It Hurts?Subscriber Access Only
A sermon given on the Virginia Tech campus two weeks after the shootings.