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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?" [closed]

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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Are Christians supposed to suffer? [closed]

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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Are good and evil in Christianity ultimately based on maximizing wellbeing and minimizing suffering? [closed]

Let me illustrate with a few examples. Examples of good in Christianity: Love: it's evident that love feels good and promotes behaviors that make others feel good. Therefore, love ranks very high on ...
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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 exaggerated. I mean so many people have suffered tremendously for years. For example, handicapped/sick people, prisoners, holocaust victims etc. I don'...
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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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How can suffering from natural causes be reconciled with an omnimax god? [closed]

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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Does suffering in this life really matter? [closed]

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 per ...
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Do Evangelical Christians interpret James 1:2 and Romans 5:3 to mean that we should enjoy our problems?

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, James 1:2 (NIV) We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help ...
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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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How does uniting to Christ's suffering work?

What is the Catholic teaching on uniting with Christ's suffering? Specifically when we go through some kind of suffering and we acknowledge it as God's will and converse it with Christ. It reminds us ...
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