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December 1, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

Alister McGrath on the Ultimate Answer to the Problem of Pain and Suffering

Quotes from Alister McGrath on the Problem of Evil/Suffering

Alistair McGrath states:

This hope is no groundless hope for it is grounded in the reality of the suffering and resurrection of Christ. For the resurrection of Christ demonstrates that suffering is not pointless but leads to glory. Christians know what awaits them at the end of history. The Biblical hope is for a new heaven and a new earth. Evil and suffering ended and so radically vanquished that what happened will only serve to make our future life and joy infinitely greater.17

Lewis comments:

They say of some temporal suffering, “No future bliss can make up for it”, not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory.18

McGrath speaking of the Bible’s vision of hope says:

We are thus presented with a glorious vision of a new realm of existence. It is a realm in which suffering has been defeated. It is a realm pervaded by the refreshing presence of God, from which the presence and power of sin have been finally excluded. It lies ahead, and though we have yet to enter into it, we can catch a hint of its fragrance and hear its music in the distance. It is this hope, which keeps us going in this life of sadness, which must end in death.19

These three quotes from CS Lewis and Alister McGrath are from this larger essay on the problem of evil.

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