By Kenneth C. Bicknell
Have you been in a scenario the place you needed to reference a number of diverse prayer books since you couldn't take note the prayer you desired to recite by way of center? good, fear not more. A booklet of Orthodox Prayers for the Orthodox Christian is a set of fifty-six conventional Orthodox prayers mixed into one e-book. “I bear in mind having no less than 3 various prayer books to reference as a baby whilst praying. This used to be continually a trouble, simply because I needed to seek via every one trying to find the prayer that i wanted at that individual time. This additionally triggered difficulty for a person that was once praying close to me, because the ruffling of books could be very distracting, that is why I wrote A publication of Orthodox Prayers for the Orthodox Christian” (quote via Fr. Kenneth C. Bicknell, O.S.B.).
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Since it is (typically) via these laws that God inflicts natural suffering, if God is to handle the hard cases adequately, the laws that govern the environment must permit the occurrence of extreme pain. But if the laws permit such pain, this opens up the possibility that some of the free agents within the environment will exploit those laws to inflict 34 15:10 P1: KNP 9780521880862c01 CUNY1074/Wielenberg 978 0 521 88086 2 July 25, 2007 The Love of God and the Suffering of Humanity extreme pain upon others.
103 We can see this by recalling the case of Ivan Ilyich. Ivan moves through life unreflectively until he becomes ill. The illness stimulates reflection on his life and how he might change it – reflection that would not otherwise have occurred. We might even go so far as to say that Ivan’s suffering increases his level of freedom, since the life he lived before the suffering was one lived without much deliberation at all. In any case, Ivan’s suffering begins a process of self-examination without limiting that process to a single possible outcome.
It is so arranged that all the forms of it can live only by preying upon one another. In the lower forms this process entails only death, but in the higher there appears a new quality called consciousness which enables it to be attended by pain. The creatures cause pain by being born, and live by inflicting pain, and in pain they mostly die. . If you ask me to believe that this is the work of a benevolent and omnipotent spirit, I reply that all the evidence points in the opposite direction. 34 18 15:10 P1: KNP 9780521880862c01 CUNY1074/Wielenberg 978 0 521 88086 2 July 25, 2007 The Love of God and the Suffering of Humanity Finally, consider Lewis’s own account of the problem of pain, and note its similarity to Philo’s description of the problem, which I quoted in the previous section: ‘If God were good, He would wish to make His creatures perfectly happy, and if God were almighty He would be able to do what He wished.