suffering and Redemption

Christian point of view, the finger that the atheist points at God, blaming Him for all the suffering we experience, or using our suffering as an argument against Gods existence, is man blaming God, for what man freely did in disobedience to God. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed. And this too, is the heart of our heavenly Father, when He allows us to endure the sufferings of this life. Old Testament referred to the ransom of slaves exodus 21:8).

But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face. And he answered and said to him, Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down. For they are afraid that they might receive the fruits of their labors here; they are afraid that divine justice detects a secret wound in them and, heaping external rewards on them, drives them away from internal ones.

Finally, for a Catholic, suffering is an opportunity to participate in Christs sufferings, sharing in the fellowship of His sufferings. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. As with most theological questions, we need to go the Mentally Challenged back to the beginning. One line portrays him as a humble suffering-savior. We see this in the example of Job. Gregory the Great, commenting on the book of Job, writes that Gods providential ways, though difficult to understand, are still more mysterious when things go well with good people here, and ill with bad people.