Play (1:17:26) September 11, 2012 The Loud Absence: Where is God in Suffering? John LennoxOxford University Jump To Comments Can God really be omnipotent and benevolent if he allows terrible things to happen? How can a Christian maintain their faith in the face of the loud absence of God? Share This Talk Play (1:17:26) Topics Featured Suffering Tag Existence of God Featured Suffering Embed | Podcast Download| Can God really be omnipotent and benevolent if he allows terrible things to happen? How can a Christian maintain their faith in the face of the loud absence of God? clifford cook Christians and all people can maintain faith , by understanding that god made the world as a school of learning , where us incarnations of angels could learn from a polarity between darkness and light , Some people may feel hurt and rejected by god , for the suffering god allows on earth , but once you are shown the light the reason for god allowing suffering , you can be and will be alieviated of some of that stress , fear and emotional pain, The world is a place of darkness where we can cause suffering and be the victims of suffering , god designed it like this so that we can learn from both inflicting and recieving pain in different forms , some people will suffer more than others , we all have a predetermined pathway on earth so all our experiences good and bad are created for us and our higher learning , So god is love and light and loves us very much , but god also needs us to learn from the polarity between darkness and light, So our hardships on earth are temporary , we will all leave this world and return to heaven where we came from and live there for eternity in happiness, god needed us to be able to appreciate our love and our light by showing us darkness , this is how god learnt, clifford cook God is right with us when we go through hardhips we just dont see god , many have felt god and the angels with them in times of hardhip, so we are never alone .