Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Suffering God

For whatever reason God chose to make man as he is--
limited and suffering and subject to sorrows and death--
God had the honesty and the courage to take his own medicine.
Whatever game he is playing with his creation, he has
kept his own rules and played fair.  He can exact nothing 
from man that he has not exacted from himself.  He has himself
gone through the whole of human experience, from the
trivial irritations of family life and the cramping restrictions
of hard work and lack of money to the worst horrors of
pain and humiliation, defeat, despair, and death.  When he
was a man, he played the man.  He was born in poverty and
died in disgrace and thought it well worthwhile.

- Dorothy Sayers, qtd. in Randy Alcorn's, If God is Good

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