My latest Huffington Post UK blog has been posted in both the Lifestyle and Religion section. It takes a look at the health problem of chronic pain, but through the lens of whether or not God has a role in causing it. It is called: “Can We Lean On “Sweet Love” to Beat Chronic Pain?“
Here is an excerpt…
A rumour going around for, oh, several millennia, is that God’s divine m.o. includes sending suffering to teach us to love Him.
That view has always mystified me.
When I was a kid and ill my parents comforted me. They did all they could to help me. And later they would celebrate my recovery. So how could I believe in a heavenly parent who would even leave us in pain, much less cause it?
One of the upshots of such a gloomy outlook is that the Bible’s promise of God being “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” might as well be a pulpit pounding myth as far as most chronic pain sufferers are concerned. Consequently, the default mode for solution-seeking is usually medical science.
Is that working?…
(Read on! )