Soulnet 2015 – session 5

1 Feb

And so here we are at the final session of the weekend.

Krish is speaking to us on suffering.

Before starting Krish shares with us about his charity Home For Good (home forgood.org.uk).

Krish starts by saying that suffering can cause some people’s faith to disappear and other people’s to grow stronger.

How do we prepare people to deal with suffering?

These are some of the ways that people try to tackle the existence of suffering:
Buddhism – bad desire. The world outside is an illusion so you need to disconnect and engage with the cosmic oneness. The problem of bad desire needs to be dealt with by removing our desires and accepting the world as it is. This leads to retraction from engaging with the world.
Hinduism – bad karma. Suffering that happens is a result of bad things you have done in a previous life.
Atheism – suffering is just bad luck. There is no reason for it, no purpose behind it.

And yet when we see the reaction of Stephen Fry we see that he is using a moral code to state his objections to the way the world is.

The logical problem:
– God is all powerful
– God is all loving
– Suffering happens

Can God create a stone that is too heavy for Him to lift? The problem with this question is that it is nonsensical, as it is asking the question about God’s omnipotence without realising that this is a part of His nature, not an ability He has.
This then links into free will, where we ask where suffering comes from. We go in to the understanding of God wanting a relationship with humanity. The only way for a true relationship if for God to give us free will, which means there is the capacity for us to do evil.
God is not outside of our suffering, He suffers with us. Not only that, but He suffered to on the Cross. And it’s not just about our personal relationship, but it is about Jesus making things new, for all.
We also need to remember that it is not all bad, there are good things in this world too. But in all this we must remember that it is a foretaste of the future. It is like the tasting booths at Waitrose, where you get a taste of the real thing, but not the whole of it.

We finished with this video.

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