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The title of this article is IF PAIN DID NOT EXIST with some flames.

Atheists and skeptics maintain that pain and suffering are the most significant proof that there is no God, and the Bible is not true because a good and loving God would not allow it. Is there an inconsistency between the descriptions of God in passages like 1 John 4:7-8 and the history of Israel? Unfortunately, skeptics and atheists fail to consider the alternative if pain did not exist.

The ability to exist in a physical world requires being able to feel pain. How could we survive if we could not know that a stove is hot when we put our hand on it? The ability to feel pain lets us know if something is sharp, or dangerously hot or cold.

Man with sinus headache

Pain occurs on more than a physical level. What kind of person could not feel guilt, compassion, empathy, and sympathy? These characteristics are unique to humans. We may condition an animal to display a response we interpret as one of those emotions, but humans uniquely experience mental anguish over the circumstance of another person or even an animal. People who bury this capacity, such as Hitler, Mao, and Putin, have created enormous problems for the whole human race.

Jesus heals the blind man.

The Bible clearly tells us that God can perform miracles. However, a careful study of the biblical miracles shows there was a reason beyond the curing of a disease or infirmity. If people could escape life's problems by becoming Christians, many would come to Christ to escape even minor physical pain. The apostle Paul struggled with suffering, which he called his “thorn in the flesh.” He would not have learned an important lesson if that pain did not exist. He wrote, “Three times I prayed to the Lord to relieve me of it.” God responded, “My grace is all you need; power comes to full strength in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).

Woman touching the hem of Jesus' robe.

None of us like to have any kind of pain, but this life is only temporary. We would suffer adverse consequences if pain did not exist in this life. Christians have peace in knowing that the future holds an existence that will be free of pain. My suffering has given me a purpose in living and the strength not to fear dying. Denying God's existence adds another level of denial and uncertainty to life.

— John N. Clayton

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