The problem of pain

“Over a sketch made idly to amuse a child, an artist may be content to let it go even though it is not exactly as he meant it to be. But over the great picture of his life- the work which he loves, though in a different fashion, as intensely as a man loves a woman or a mother a child- he will take endless trouble- and would, dountless, thereby give endless trouble to the picture if it were sentient. One can imagine a sentient picture, after being rubbed and scraped and recommenced for the tenth time, wishing that it were only a thumb-nail sketch whose making was over in a minute. In the same way, it is natural for us to wish that God has designed for us a less glorious and less arduous destiny ; but then we are wishing not for more love but for less”


Firstly I’m not religious, I stumbled across this book (The problem of pain) in my travels in New Zealand last year and have only just started reading it.

The book is mostly a christian mans justification for a world wrought with pain and evil.

The world his god created.

The man C.S. Lewis is not a theologist or a philosopher but only a good christian who questioned his faith not with adversity but with love.

It is a wonderful book and adresses the major issue atheists and christians alike have with religion.

That is; if god is so great, why do bad things happen?

20 pages in and the paragragh above spoke to me.

In an amazing spiritual sense, Lewis outlined life and destiny.

He outlined hardship and the ability to overcome.

To read this book as an agnostic atheist is eye opening to say the least and though I am not finished with it, currently I highly recommend it.

You have hardships because your destiny is not fulfilled, you are still being made!