Why do we have pain?
Let’s back up and differentiate between physical, externally induced pain and emotional pain, that which is inflicted on our soul, our identity.
On a clinical level, physical pain can be treated, healing can take place, the pain can be tolerated. And often, pain has to be overcome for healing to occur.
Emotional pain is more difficult, if not impossible to diagnose and treat. Despite what it says on their signs and in their pamphlets, counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists, along with their array of drugs, represent a pitiful arsenal against the issues we face today.
There is commonality in that physical pain can produce deep seated emotional pain and emotional pain can cause very serious physical pain.
But why did God allow it? Why do we have pain?
I want to know because I see so many people doing really stupid things, wasting insane amounts of money and resources, and causing more pain than they could ever hope to heal, all trying to make it go away.
I have pain of my own that I can’t seem to ever overcome. And it is nothing compared to what millions face every day.
The short answer is that it’s because of the fall. Adam and Eve sinned so we have pain. But if we make it so simplistic, it leaves us with the only solution being to, “suck it up.”
The exciting thing for me in asking this question is that I know my God. My King is a healer. My Lord is moved by every tear, every broken and contrite heart. When a child dies through abortion or cancer or abuse, no one sees it more, feels it more, knows it better.
The issue of pain is often and the center of the atheist’s arguments (knowingly or unknowingly). So it seems like we need to understand it better.
I want to hear back. Why do you think we have pain?