I have recently started reading The Reason for God by Timothy Keller. This book is essentially about what the title suggests, an argument for God.
I came across an interesting argument when reading a section about “How Could a Good God allow Suffering.” This argument largely falls back on the fact that the suffering in this life will make the happiness experienced in an afterlife all the more better.
“Everything sad is going to come untrue and it will somehow be greater for having once been broken and lost.” Oh dear. Lets continue with another quote..“Embracing the Christian doctrines of the Cross brings profound consolation in the face of suffering.”
Now to really think about this idea rationally. What if this idea was actually implemented as a maxim in society? If experiencing suffering is how experiences can be elevated to a greater level what does this say about how we should treat our fellow humans? Should parents starve their child in order to elevate the experience of eating? Should a parent torture a child in order to make them truly appreciate the moments when they are safe? I hope that you can see that this practice of suffering to elevate experience is most definitely an immoral practice that would never be seen as an acceptable practice in society or hold up in court.
Even if God was somehow justified in allowing this sort of suffering, what about the people who forfeit their salvation as a result of their suffering? Where is the elevation of experience for them?
I call bullshit.