Doug McHone at CoffeeSwirls live blogged the Desiring God conference in Minneapolis this past week. He has had some very good articles/posts from there. Below is an article that is worth your time to read, on the subject of the existence of suffering. I have just clipped a small part of the article, and suggest you head over to CoffeeSwirls for the rest of it.

I believe that the entire universe exists to display the greatness of the glory of the grace of God. I say again, the entire universe exists to display the greatness of the glory of God. The Bible makes plain that the greatest display of the glory of God is the display of the glory of His grace. Opening remarks by John Piper

So why was Christ sent to the world to suffer? For the display of the glory of the grace of God. In His supreme suffering is the clearest display of the grace of God that is possible or even conceivable. If that is so, then suffering is an essential part of the created universe if the greatness of the glory of the grace of God is to be displayed. The suffering of the innocent, holy son of God to bring us everlasting joy is the greatest display that ever was or could be.

God decreed from eternity past that His grace be shown. This was not a plan “B” option. God planned the day of Calvary from before the creation of all of creation. If he planned the suffering of Christ, then he planned all suffering that we will experience in this fallen world and He did so without sinning.

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