Originally posted by STANG
Sophie is 5 years old this year.
In 2003, a car crashed into her child care centre and burst in to flame.
Sophie lost both feet, as well as fingers and suffered third degree burns to 85% of her body.
On 5 May this year, she was being pushed in a stroller when another car hit her.
Sophie was thrown 18 metres by the impact, sufferring head, facial, c ...[text shortened]... ve in god. You may as well believe in Allah.
What can be so wrong with having a holy jihad ?
Before I start let me say that this is not intended to be a trite or easy solution to this thorny issue and I am not attempting to deny or downplay the suffering here. However , I still expect some heated responses.
And what will happen to Sophie in the end ? If her soul is ressurected and her life is raised to eternal life that might make her shout for joy in heaven "I'm glad I was created, my suffering was terrible but if I had to go through it all again to get here I would" would that change anything.? If God said he wasn't ever going to "wipe the tears from our eyes" and redeem the world . If he had never offered his own body to us to suffer in agony and die alongside us. If he had never promised to be with us every step of the way , every minute of our life , suffering with us along the way.....if God had not done any of these things...then it would be game set and match...God is dead...nowhere to go but Atheism...but he has....it's not a complete answer by any means and it's not very palatable......doesn't leave you with a rosy glow or make you think her suffering is Ok...but within Christianity there is an answer...it's just an incredibly difficult one.
If anything it shows how Christianity has to be the way compared to other faiths. In no other faith does God meet our suffering head on with his own suffering. In no other faith does God show explicitly that he knows what it is to feel scared , vulnerable , hung out on a tree that he knows what it is to die and suffer as a human. In no other faith does God offer to be alongside our suffering , weeping with us through the presence of his Spirit. In no other faith can God say , I've been there , I know grief , anger , suffering, even death itself and I know it in a human way ..I'm with you all the way into the void and beyond....