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Suffering - Our Response to Suffering and the Beauty of Suffering

len Alfred Ajibola - 06th February, 2019 @ 12:15 PM

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Academic Questions in CRS

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Concerning the biblical account of first human disobedience, which of the following statement is false?

  • A. The snake began its temptation by asking the woman: 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?'

  • B. The snake lied to the woman that she won't die when she eats the fruit

  • C. The woman ate the fruit because she she saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat

  • D. The woman ate the fruit and gave some to her husband, after which they were given understanding

  • E. The fruit eaten by the woman was an apple and it looked pleasing to the eye

  • F. The snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made

That same evening when Adam and Eve ate the fruit in middle of the garden, What was God's first action?

  • A. God called out to Adam and Eve

  • B. God cursed the serpent, Adam and Eve respectively

  • C. God called out to man and asked him: 'Where are you?'

  • D. God expressed his disappointed to Adam

  • E. God declared his anger to man

  • F. God called out to Adam and Eve and punished them immediately

The snake in the garden of Eden began it's temptation on Eve by _____.

  • A. Telling her she would be wise

  • B. Telling her she won't die when she eats the fruit

  • C. Telling her she will be like God

  • D. Asking her a simple question

  • E. Showing her the beauty of the fruit

  • F. Suggesting that she doesn't know what she's missing

God knows all things, even your secret and deepest thoughts. This attribute of God is termed _____.

  • A. Omniscient

  • B. Self existence

  • C. Omnipotent

  • D. Wisdom

  • E. Omnipresent

  • F. Omniknowledge

The following are attributes of God except _____.

  • A. Jealousy

  • B. Asiety

  • C. Incomprehensibility

  • D. Immutability

  • E. Impeccability

  • F. Options A through E are correct

_____ is the first son of Jacob.

  • A. Benjamin

  • B. Reuben

  • C. Gideon

  • D. Joseph

  • E. Seth

  • F. Absalom

What was Joseph's interpretation of the chief baker's dream?

  • A. He will be restored to his former position

  • B. He will be hung to death and birds will eat his remains

  • C. He will see his family again

  • D. He will remain the chief baker of the prison

  • E. He will die in prison

  • F. He will be shown mercy by the king

Joseph is the _____ son of Jacob.

  • A. 3rd

  • B. 5th

  • C. 7th

  • D. 9th

  • E. 11th

  • F. 12th

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The Beauty of Suffering:

In all sincerity, No one enjoys suffering. Suffering brings pain. By our neural configuration, pain hurts. Nowadays, some women may choose to avoid pain by paying other women into delivering their very own baby. Such women (who delivers another's baby) are called surrogate mothers.

Note: Surrogate mothers are hired perhaps because a woman finds it difficult to conceive or a pregnant woman with child is unwilling to undergo the pains of labor.

Please read on Consequences of Adam and Eve's Disobedience here

I have heard about mercy killing by doctors, a process called euthanasia. Euthanasia is often done by medics in an attempt to end the pain of a suffering person by terminating his or her life in a soothing manner. According to the laws of christianity, this act isn't right because the process of terminating one's life has no justification, even in the context of freeing the deceased from their intense sufferings and pains. To make matters worse, some may take their lives by committing suicide as a result of some sufferings which they were passing through at that point in time.

Please read on the Leadership Qualities of Joseph that has transformed Lives here

All around us, we see sufferings and the pains associated with it. We feel for these people and may even lend a helping hand in order to get them out of their pains. For this reason, It may therefore stand to reason that suffering in itself is generally bad.

Well, the truth is, not all sufferings are bad. In fact, some sufferings are very good for us. All we need do is to identify and embrace them, while also asking God's direction on them.

The point I'm passing across is this: 'There is a glorious hope that accompanies your suffering', and that's the beauty of whatever suffering you're going through at this moment.

You can check out some powerful motivational quotes here

Beauty of Suffering - Len Academy

 

To perfectly comprehend the beauty of suffering, we need to first understand why pains and sufferings exist.

Please read the introduction to suffering and pain here.

 

Our Response to Suffering

Whether we like it or not, suffering is inevitable because we live on earth (and not heaven). For this reason, we shall all suffer here on earth at one point or another in our lifetime. However, the most important question is:

How do we respond to suffering?

Do you see opportunities in suffering?

Do you realize the fact that the beauty of suffering can transform your world for the best if properly managed?

Nothing good comes easy. Whenever you read the profile of any great man or woman, a common factor that binds them all is pain, suffering, dedication and hardwork among others. Jesus himself is an excellent example of one who suffered intensely in atonement for mankind's sins. He embraced the cross of suffering and eventually died on it.

We should learn to embrace the good suffering; rather than resist it. In fact, some people are willing to undergo suffering for the good cause. To this end, they are ready to live and die for the truth even when it requires their lives.

The summary of this article points to the fact that there are some sufferings which we must embrace. If we take some deep look into this kind of sufferings, we will discover the beauty present within them.

The image below speaks volumes on the beauty of suffering. Notice that the world sees more of the victory (and not the suffering) as depicted by the image.

Beauty of Suffering - Len Academy


The beauty Jesus' suffering was the fact that he conquered death through it (his suffering). To this end, you and I can enjoy a life of eternal happiness with him if we live according to his words.

Our world will change for the better the moment we start accepting suffering as a part of our existence on earth. However the severity of our suffering, we should also endeavor to aid others (practically) through their sufferings, while also praying for them.

The points below are noteworthy concerning suffering and its beauty:


  • The beauty of Jesus' suffering is the many that will be saved by his blood.

  • Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.

  • I don't believe I have special talents, I have persistence. After the first failure, second failure, third failure, I kept trying. - Carlo Rubbia, Nobel price winning physicist

  • Great success is built on failure, frustration, even catastrophy. - Sumner Redstone

  • Think about the suffering a woman in labour would pass through but after that comes the bigger joy of seeing her baby.

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Amazing facts in CRS

There are a total of 188 named women in the Bible

Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest word in the Bible

The shortest verse of the Bible is John 11:35. It reads:

Jesus wept

 

The longest verse in the bible is Esther 8:9. It reads:

Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language

The last word in the Bible is 'Amen'.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen

Revelation 22:21

The shortest verse in the bible is found in John chapter 11 verse 35. It reads:

Jesus wept

If you translate 'Jesus' from Hebrew directly to English, the correct translation will be 'Joshua'. The name Jesus was actually a translation from Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin and finally, English


NOTABLE POINTS IN CRS

Joseph (in the old testament of the bible) is the 11th son of Jacob out of 12 brothers. He is so loved by his father because he was born when his father was in his old age. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated the young innocent boy (Joseph). Meanwhile, his dad made a special coat for him.

According to the Bible (Genesis 37), Joseph is a dreamer boy (and also an excellent interpreter of dreams). This gift of his further made him an object of envy and hate among his brothers.

Out of envy, his brothers decided to kill him but God saved his life through one of them named Reuben. Reuben is the firstborn of Jacob's 12 children.

Please read more on Joseph's story here

By looks, Joseph is a handsome young man and Potipher’s wife could not take her seductive eyes off him. She made a series of sexual advances to Joseph but he clearly refused her in all the attempts she had made. Joseph showed discipline and fear of the Lord during this period of temptation.

After failed attempts to seduce Joseph, she finally got hold of a piece of Joseph’s garment when Joseph ran away from her sexual seduction. She became furious, perhaps afraid that Joseph might report her to Potipher, her husband. She therefore lied to Potipher that Joseph attempted to seduce her and she ran away grabbing a piece of Joseph’s clothing. She showed Potipher the cloth as a proof of her lies. For this reason, Potipher imprisoned Joseph.

Joseph had always prospered every where he found himself, and the prison is not an exception. Even in the prison, the warden promoted him by putting him in charge of all the prisoners.

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Below are some qualities of Joseph that made him a great leader in Egypt:

  • Discipline: Joseph had every chance to commit sin with the King’s wife when he was tempted. However, because he had discipline over his body, he said no and eventually had himself imprisoned.

  • Faithfulness: Joseph is a man of great faith. He believed completely in God and would rather suffer his body than to gratify it in adultery.
    He also proved his faith in Potipher’s business, showing that he can be trusted.
    Please read on Consequences of Adam and Eve's Unfaithfulness here

  • Humility: Even though he was the 11th child of his father’s old age, he remained humble to his brothers when they hated him. His humility is one virtue that made him a great leader in Egypt.

  • Gracious: Joseph was gracious to his brothers who betrayed him. He showed compassion and mercy in their time of greatest need. He gave them food and forgave them during the time of severe famine.

  • Selfless: He gave his time to the service of others, interpreting dreams and helping them to successfully manage their affairs. This made him promoted in every situation he found himself, whether as a slave, a prisoner or a free man.

Please read more on the leadership qualities of Joseph here

Our world will change for the better the moment we start accepting suffering; while also practically assisting and praying for those who suffer.

The beauty of Jesus' suffering is the many that will be saved by his blood.

Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.

I don't believe I have special talents, I have persistence. After the first failure, second failure, third failure, I kept trying.

Carlo Rubbia, Nobel price winning physicist

Great success is built on failure, frustration, even catastrophy.

Sumner Redstone

Think about the suffering a woman in labour would pass through but after that comes the bigger joy of seeing her baby.

You can read on various Motivational Quotes here

Beauty of Suffering - Len Academy​​​​​​According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP);

Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.

Pain is a sign that something unpleasant is about to happen, is happening or had happened. It creates a memory to avoid facing another future (similar) danger. For instance, think of 'a baby and a fire'. The baby touched the fire previously and got hurt. Now when he encounters the fire, he won’t touch it.

As we grow, we experience different forms of suffering, some of which will define our destiny. Consider this instance of a legendary footballer below:

  • Christiano Ronaldo is a footballer who had achieved greatness because he spent extra hours on trainings, fitness and hard-work. We can see the efforts of his work on the pitch. If he had gone about drinking, trying to avoid the stress and suffering of trainings, he may not have become what he is.

  • Also, students suffer sleepless nights to get good grades.

Without suffering and pains, we would not properly understand the true meanings of love, joy, faith, hope, contentment, perseverance and victory. All of these things happen because of suffering.

Please read more on the beauty of suffering here