Many humans have been told that what god wants is for suffering to be used by human beings to better themselves, and to purify their soul. Suffering is good.
Indeed, one whole religion is built on this belief, asserting that all beings have been saved by the suffering of one being, who died for the sins of the rest. This one being paid the "debt" said to be owed to god for humanity's weakness and wickedness.
Do you agree that according to this doctrine, god has been hurt by the weakness and wickedness of humanity, and in order to set things straight, someone has to suffer?
Otherwise, god and humanity could not be reconciled, yes or no?
Thus suffering has been established as a redemptive experience.
Do you think that the reason humanity has created a civil law declaring that people have no right to end their own suffering or assist another in ending their own life, is as a result of the idea the suffering must go on, because that is what god wants?
Answer by kittieashy at 1:21 PM on Feb. 25, 2011
Answer by soyousay at 2:21 PM on Feb. 25, 2011
I don't know why there is suffering. I do know it can teach us empathy towards others, and it can also propel to make drastic changes in our lives and send in a different direction we wouldn't have even considered if it wasn't for suffering. Knowing what suffering can do for us isn't the same as understanding why there is suffering,
Answer by RyansMom001 at 1:01 PM on Feb. 25, 2011
No- do not believe that suffering is a means for atonement. I am glad that the medical community and many citizens have moved from a focus of life at all costs to compassionate end of life care.
Answer by Sisteract at 11:05 PM on Feb. 25, 2011
Answer by bandgeek521 at 12:55 PM on Feb. 25, 2011
Answer by dullscissors at 2:39 PM on Feb. 25, 2011
Disagree. I think (me personally) that most suffering comes about because of Satan. He delights in hurting people and he uses every trick in the book to turn people away from God. Alot of the time, God gets the blame for our suffering. But is it His fault? Not always. One reason we suffer is due to our rebellion against God and by the evil in our hearts. Much of the physical suffering we endure is our own doing; improper nutrition, laziness, smoking, abusing alcohol or drugs...Suffering can be a good thing in that it we can learn and grow during that period. For some, suffering will one day pass away. Rev.21:4 reads: "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
Answer by popzaroo at 4:17 PM on Feb. 25, 2011
Answer by popzaroo at 4:38 PM on Feb. 25, 2011