Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Thoughts on bad things happening to good people

I was checking out the website By Common Consent, a Mormon blog. A comment on this entry made me think about suffering in a new way. I'm assuming this is a quotation from Buechner, although the post was not exactly clear.

Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking, London: Collins, 1973, p.24.

It is noteworthy that the Author and Finisher of our faith was silent on the whys and wherefores of human suffering. Instead, he came down and suffered with us — in fact, sank below our suffering — and proceeded to show us the way by living a life dedicated to healing the physical and spiritual wounds that were all around Him (not to mention transforming the suffering of Gethsemane to the healing of sin and the suffering of Calgary to the healing of death).

I love the idea that Jesus does not explain why bad things and suffering happen--I mean, I think we have some good ideas like "mortal world" and "free will," but I'm not sure God has actually ever said. He didn't say, he just came and suffered with us.

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