Questions regarding emotional or physical pain, distress, or hardship. Its relation to Theology, Christian Life and practice.

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How to answer “Why do evil and suffering exist?”

I believe that evil exists because God gave us free will. Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Because of this The Fall of man happened and drew us away from God. Suffering exists not only because God can ...
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Why are some people born into famine and starvation?

I was raised Christadelphian, and after 17 years of education and reading the bible, I dismissed my faith and left the church. One of my main reasons for turning my back on God was this. Why is it ...
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Why is there such an emphasis on Jesus's suffering - particularly by the Catholic Church? [duplicate]

It seems too me that the suffering of Jesus is over magnified. I mean so many people have suffered tremendously for years. Like handicapped/sick people, prisoners, holocaust victims etc. I don't ...
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How does Jesus show love by suffering?

I wonder, how does the suffering of Jesus/God show love. I cannot believe that Jesus suffered to forgive our sins. If God is love, God doesn't need to make a terrible sacrifice to forgive our sins. ...
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Does Orthodox theology emphasize “redemptive suffering” as much as Catholicism does?

Growing up Catholic I've been taught that "my suffering completes what is lacking" in Christ's sacrifice. Any time that I encounter suffering I should "offer it up." St. Bernadette, Francis of Assisi, ...
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Are Christians supposed to suffer?

Consider the following scriptures: James 1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let ...
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What do Christians mean by “Jesus took our illnesses upon himself on the cross” and why?

Having a bit of holiday over Christmas and New Year I'm going over some notes I've made of topics I want to look at. One such question regards the use of terminology such as "Jesus took our illnesses ...
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Where in the Bible does it mention that God mourns with us when we mourn?

Where in the Bible does it mention that God mourns with us when we mourn? I have heard this from the philosopher Peter Kreeft, and some others as well. I would like to be pointed to the biblical ...
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How can suffering from natural causes be reconciled with an omnimax god?

The christian god is omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent according to all christian denominations I know of. These attributes seem to be contradicted by all the suffering we observe here on ...
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How does Christianity explain suffering that ends in death?

Does suffering in this life really matter? How can suffering from natural causes be reconciled with an omnimax god? Both answers above contain the major theme of God refining us, making us more like ...
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Does suffering in this life really matter?

So, recently I had the thought: suffering is irrelevant. I arrived at this conclusion using the idea of limits in Math. Say that suffering could be measured in units as a function of time (frowns ...
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How do you know if you are under a trial or if you are just suffering?

Hypothetically, if you are going through a painful situation: Is it because God is trying to grow you/redirect you? Or is it a result of sinful actions?
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Did Jesus suffer on the Cross in all possible senses?

I have read that it's more or less accepted that Jesus did suffer on the cross. What I do not understand is whether or not He suffered all possible sufferings. Imagine a war hero captured and ...
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Has “angels walking among men” been invoked to solve theological problems?

Hebrews 13:2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. This passage states that one reason to be nice to ...
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Why did Jesus need to suffer? [duplicate]

What is the purpose of Jesus suffering? Suppose that Jesus represents god, why does god need to suffer? It doesn't make sense to me that it is for the sake of forgiving us, because I hope god forgives ...
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Does Luke 13:24 give us a more vivid picture of how many people will be saved? [closed]

I mean how many times have we said 'let me see' or 'let me try'. Or how many times have we felt like - I'm trying to be a Christian. Seems like trying is not good enough according to Luke 13:24: ...
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Jesus' sacrifice covers our eternal hell? [duplicate]

I believe that Jesus' death (his punishment) is a substitute for our death (our punishment) which allows us into heaven--Jesus paid the price for our sins. I also believe that this substitutionary ...
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Why doesn't God stop suffering? [duplicate]

Unarguably God could prevent any type of suffering, pain, and sadness. We see from the Bible accounts that he has the power to part great bodies of water, heal the sick and infirm. He can feed many ...
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Apologetic on suffering using a reference to Jesus [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to answer “Why does evil and suffering exist?” Doing some study at the moment, one of the questions has provoked a few thoughts between me and my wife but we have no ...