The Heart of God for Chertsey

Sceptic’s Space – Why does God allow suffering?

Questions for discussion

  1. What experiences of suffering have shaped who you are today? (this can be personal, or anecdotal, or perhaps something from the news)
  2. What do you think people suffering people need the most from their friends?
  3. Torrance said – ‘if I did not believe in the cross, I could not believe in God.’ What do you make of that? What relevance, if any, do you think the cross has to suffering?
  4. What did you make of McLaughlin’s point when she said – ‘If there is no God, we still suffer, but there is no “universe” to care…We must stare into that abyss and not fool ourselves with platitudes.’ – did you agree with that?