HEALING: What About The Hell Of Suffering? by Dennis Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn, and Matthew Linn

Healing Our Image of God

What About The Hell Of Suffering? by Dennis Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn, and Matthew Linn

From: Good Goats

If God is so willing to spend eternity loving and healing us, where is God when we suffer now?  If God abandons us to the hell of suffering in this world, how can we believe God won’t abandon us to hell in the next?  Where is God in natural disasters, wars, tragic accidents, concentration camps?  Job, after losing his health, home, and family, concluded that suffering was a mystery in which we cannot know the role of God, (Job 42:1-6).  Elie Wiesel, watching the Nazis hang an innocent child in the hell of the holocaust, came to a different conclusion:

Total silence throughout the camp.  On the horizon, the sun was setting.  “Bare your heads!” yelled the head of the camp.  His voice was raucous.  We were weeping.  “Cover your heads!”

Then the march past began.  The two adults were no longer alive.  Their tongues hung swollen, blue-tinged.  But the third rope was still moving; being so light, the child was still alive.

For more than half an hour he stayed there, struggling between life and death, dying in slow agony under our eyes.  And we had to look him full in the face.  He was still alive when I passed in front of him.  His tongue was still red, his eyes were not yet glazed.  Behind me I heard a man asking, “Where is God now?”

And I heard a voice within me answer him: “Where is He?  Here He is – He is hanging here on this gallows.”


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