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The Newtown Massacre and the Pain of God

Dollysboy Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 5:20 AM
Perfect. Since the All-Merciful and All-Loving has produced/allowed a horrific situation we should pray for those who doubt his All-Merciful and All-Loving nature. Pray to HIM of course.
Think Freely Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 8:57 AM
The problem of evil - classically stated as you do, only exists if you assume that God exists and that He is good. If God does not exist, there is no problem with evil because there is no meaning or any essential difference between one action and another. There is no morality that can claim anything more than "this one makes me personally feel better." It is morally the same to kill a child or to love one if God does not exist.

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.”

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