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The Newtown Massacre and the Pain of God

blueridgegranny Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 7:15 AM
Actually, I'm not so sure the Beatitudes are the pleasant part...He established some pretty tough standards, which few of us truly live up to. Which is why we need Jesus.

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.”