In response to my last post, the urbanmonk asked me how I reconcile the problem of suffering (with my faith in the Christian God). The fact of the matter is that I don’t. I can’t. The presence of suffering and evil in the world is utterly baffling to me. I cannot make any sense of it, nor can I find any satisfactory explanation of it. All I can do is resist it. Perhaps being unable to explain it away is part of that resistance.
Naturally, the subsequent question is why, then, I persist in believing in the Christian God. The simply, albeit unsatisfying (at least for others), answer to this question is that I believe in God because God has come out to meet me. I believe that I have been met by God in Jesus Christ, so it is impossible for me not to have faith in this God. Apologists and intellectuals may be uncomfortable with such and experiential response but, as far as I am concerned, such an experience is the sole foundation for persistent faith in God. Apart from being met by God, it makes no sense to believe in God. Indeed, even after one has been met by God it may still make no sense to believe in God… but it is impossible not to believe in God after such an event.