I received an email today from a coworker who has been reading my posts here. He is struggling with cancer right now and, to be frank, was a bit offended that I would suggest that it could be wrong for someone to want to ease their pain. I had a good dialogue with him and I was able to clarify my thoughts for him. However, I can’t shake the feeling that he is not the only one has misunderstood what I have been writing about. So to that end, and for what it is worth, please accept my apology for sounding as if I am making a moral judgement on anyone who takes measures to relieve their suffering.
I know that many of you are suffering far greater than I am. I want to make it clear to those of you who are in pain that I feel it is perfectly acceptable and advisable for you to do what you need to to be comfortable.
The truth is, I do not think that it is wrong for a person to shun pain. I do not, in any way whatsoever think that I am any better than someone who is not struggling with this issue. Nor am I attempting to make this a moral issue. There are plenty of moral issues for which we should rise up and take a stand- this is not one of them.
What I write here is my personal struggle with the issue of pain and suffering and how to best reconcile that with the Christian doctrine of an omnipotent and loving God. It is not intended to be a declaration of morality, but rather, it is intended to prod our minds to consider that there may be alternative answers to these questions. In fact, I would sat that we have a responsibility to do what we can to end suffering. If you read the gospels, it won’t take long to see that Jesus devoted a lot of His time to healing the sick. He ministered to the afflicted and the suffering and we should follow in His footsteps to end suffering.
Again, I sincerely apologize if I have come across as judgmental on these issues. The struggles that I wite about here are my personal battles, and I have invited you into the depths of my mind to help me unlock the mysteries that haunt my psyche on a daily basis.
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