As a parent of a child with autism, I’ve found it to be increasingly hard to assist and help him. He really has many things that he has difficulty with, things which most parents seem to take for granted. As he’s gotten older, I’ve had a harder time reconciling his struggles with God’s plan.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I believe in God. I understand all the arguments in favor of his eternal and omnipotent benevolence and the general necessity of suffering in consequence to Adam’s orginal sin leading toward salvation in Christ’s life, death and resurrection. I understand that free-will is neccessary for people to truly develop into a truly loving relationship with God and that without it would be nothing nmore than automations. And I believe the Catholic Church, The Church which I belong to, to be Christ’s Church here on earth.
I have no problems with any of these and believe them without a doubt. This is not a trolling argument.
But there’s still one thing that I simply do not understand regarding one argument which posits the necessity of the nature of suffering.
I’ve heard it argued before that suffering is a necessary part of life because without out it we would effectively be like spoiled children not truly loving God out our own free-will. In short, it’s been positted that only by experiencing this suffering can we truly know God. I’ve even heard it argued that it would be evil if God did not allow this to come to pass.
But then, if this is true, why is there no suffering or pain in the new heavens and new earth?
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
Does anyone see what I mean?
If indeed pain and suffering are truly necessary for one’s growth in God, then why will there be no suffering in the new heavens and new earth? How can we grow in God without this in the hereafter?
I understand that we will have bypassed the drudge and toil of this sin-tainted creation when the new creation unfolds in the beautific vision as we go to be with our Lord.
But why would God create something less than perfect when perfection already exists.
I apologize in advance if I’ve offended anyone. I’m just really having trouble understanding the full implications of why Blake has to go through what he’s going through-- and the full nature of extreme suffering for those in this life who live in the less than favorable conditions of illness and even poverty.
This part just makes no sense to me.
If I’m understanding these things correctly, then heaven, where no pain or suffering exists, would be evil???
This make no sense to me. Therefore I ask you my brothers and sisters in Christ to help me with this. Help me to understand this. Please pray for me because I’m really having a hard time accepting God’s grace regarding my son’s autism as he gets older. It just seems so pointless to me.