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The Newtown Massacre and the Pain of God

Big O7 Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 7:47 PM
At first I was shocked by His apparently short, crude retort. Why didn't Jesus even sympathize with the victims??? Then it hit me. He didn't get sidetracked, and said what needed to be said, not what grieving, emotional people WANT to hear : This is a fallen world; tragedies occur, people who don't deserve to die and didn't contribute in any way to their horrible deaths often do. Life is often ugly and sometimes too short. Repent. Now. Something terrible like this could happen to you, too. I don't like His answer, but must admit it was the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
hunkahunka Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 9:05 PM
Death is part of life. God had no qualms about killing hundreds of thousands throughout the old testament. Death is a simple stepping stone unto the next life which is eternal whether it be of damnation or salvation. God has the final say so in this as taught with the birth of Jacob and Essau, both having not yet being born, neither having done any good or evil, one was representative of God's elect and the other was not, even to the point made by God that he hated Essau, not liked less but hated.

In the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, as family members and friends of the slain and wounded suffer unspeakable agony, people around the world are asking, “Where was God?” But very few are asking, “Is God hurting too?”

According to Basilea Schlink (1904-2001), a German Christian leader who stood up to the Nazis, “Anyone who loves as much as God does, cannot help suffering. And anyone who really loves God will sense that He is suffering.” She found support for this view in the writings of the Japanese Lutheran theologian Kazoh Kitamori in his book “Theology of the Pain of God.”