The problem with pain is that we opened sin. After the fall of Man (Genesis 3:6-7), the life and desire for sin amplified our depravity. If there is anyone who would say, “If I was in the garden, I wouldn’t of done that..” I don’t suppose they would have either. I believe that they would of done worse just like me. I don’t think that we can phantom perfection-life without pain, suffering, or agony. It is precisely because of our depravity to why there is pain. Two verses come to mind: Romans 3:11 and Psalms 53:3.
Romans 3:11, Paul quotes Isaiah, “None is righteous, no not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.” Paul is saying, in referencing Isaiah, that through our depravity we are separated from God. Let’s be honest, sin can never be enjoyable when God is in the picture. Why? Because God hates sin and his wrath is upon those who are not righteous, not in submission to Christ, and unrepentant (Romans 1:18). Our depravity could further be explained by referencing Ephesians 2:1 where Paul writes on how we are born spiritually dead. So, how could a dead person make decisions? Our flesh, which is fueled by sin, never seizes to please our desires or temptations. Sin is like two things: the darkness and a clock. In darkness, we can never control it, so what makes us think we can control sin if we all love it (Romans 7:15)? It’s like a clock because we’re always moving, but we never go anywhere.
Psalms 53:3 says, “They have fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.” Sin is a word used to categorize suffering, pain, agony, despair, etc because in time of these sufferings, people often make excuses to do wrong. Religion will lead to one of two things; pride or despair. On the other hand, redemption will teach that God does love us and that His ways are good if we repent and follow him. “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:6-7).”
Often, at times, several will add gasoline to the fire. In other words, our culture has led us to believe that when one does wrong against another, we must follow up with a counter attack. While in certain situations there should be just counters, rather than gasoline, we should add water to the flame. Paraphrasing 1 Peter 3:9, “do not repay evil with evil, but bless for this we have been called..”
There will come a day when a Christ returns and He is Faithful and True to put an end to the suffering to those whom he has called. Pain is present because of sin and also present because it is in those times that we must run to our Heavenly Father because He is our refuge.