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The Newtown Massacre and the Pain of God

Leb2 Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 8:22 AM
I hate to say this, but I don't know what's worse, what the one person did there to the people, or what the news media, president and others have done to them after the fact. Leave them alone to handle this themselves, we don't need to make it worse for them.

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.”