Bruxy Cavey: If God is Loving, Why is there Pain and Suffering in the World?

At our Mennonite Church British Columbia young adult retreat a few weeks ago we engaged our doubts about God.  As I have said in a previous post, our doubts provide the context in which our faith can grow.  Therefore, it is important for us to ask the questions sparked by doubt. 

One of our sessions at our young adult retreat, one which I was privileged to lead, navigated the question “If God is loving, why is there pain and suffering in the world?”  An immense question, but one that deserves the full assault of our brutally honest questions.  Here, Bruxy Cavey (who I am a big fan of) tackles this question well.  It’s a short 3 minute video, so it doesn’t get into any significant depth, but it is well worth your time if this is something you think about, or doubt.

What are your feelings after hearing how Bruxy Cavy answered this question?  How do you view pain and suffering in light of his answers?

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4 comments

  1. Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel · February 19, 2013

    I like Bruxey’s approach, but I’d like to respond to a subset of the question, about the purpose of suffering. I’ve found out, personally and through research that each crisis and experience of suffering offers the opportunity for bitterness and self pity, or the chance to embrace it, learn from it, and ask God to use it for God’s purposes. When we make the second choice our faith and our witness grow deeper. So, suffering sucks, but really good things came come through it. That really happened for me through my car accident in Zambia.

    • Chris Lenshyn · February 21, 2013

      Yes! I think there is an element of faithfulness in how we suffer. Though, I do not think it is God’s desire to see us suffer.

      Thanks for your words!!

  2. Bethany · March 7, 2013

    Chris, you say it’s not God’s desire to see us suffer. Why then does it say in James that we should not be surprised when we go through trials? Our trials may be for many reasons, but two we can know for sure are to make us more like Christ and bring glory to God. Of course, God doesn’t want to make us suffer or go through trials for no reason, or all the time, but in the hard times is when we grow.

    • Chris Lenshyn · March 11, 2013

      Yes! We grow in hard times. We can become more Christ-like in our suffering. But the intention of creation was not for suffering. Suffering is the consequence of our brokenness.

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