“Suppose you eliminate suffering . . . What a dreadful place the world would be! Because everything that corrects the tendency of man to feel over important and overplayed with himself would disappear. He is bad enough now, but he would be absolutely intolerable if he never suffered.”

Malcolm Muggeridge, Jesus Rediscovered (1969)

(HT: my friend Bill Dunn)

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4 thoughts on “Suppose You Eliminate Suffering . . .”

  1. Roberta says:

    We would never appreciate the sunshine if we never had the rain, or the other way around.

  2. nhe says:

    man, would he ever get some push-back from today's nambi-pambi P/C crowd……we need a voice like this now

  3. Anonymous says:

    What a dumb thought. So you are saying God's original plan was flawed?How about life in Heaven, should it also include suffering?

  4. Jared says:

    Anonymous, it's only a dumb thought if you suppose God's original plan was for earth not to fall and be subjected to suffering, and that somehow his plan got conquered by ours.Re: heaven: Your objection makes no sense b/c in the glorification of heaven there will be no human self-centeredness necessitating suffering's subduing of it.

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