Book Review: The Problem of Pain

The Problem of Pain by C.S. LewisC.S. Lewis first wrote this book in 1940. In this manuscript Lewis considers the problem of suffering from a theoretical and theological viewpoint. The existence of pain in a world created by a good and loving God is a fundamental dilemma and perhaps one of the most common objections to Christianity.
Lewis touches on some very key points of basic theology. But, he does so in a way that is bold, informative and energizing.
In discussing the omnipotent and good natures of God, Lewis wrestles with two ideas that no sinful human could begin to understand. He does a splendid job comparing created and Creator so as to remind us that because of our nature man can not comprehend God’s. However, Lewis makes a valiant effort to help us get a better grasp on God’s perfect love.
The heart of the book is centered on a review of man. Lewis investigates the fall of man and man’s wickedness and pain. Aware of the reader’s humanity he reminds us that we are imperfect, sinful and contain no qualities that are redeeming to a perfect being. Our pain, while unpleasant, is in fact well deserved and compassionately lenient.

The conclusion is not – why does God allow pain? But, instead – why does he allow any of us a respite from our suffering? There is nothing in man deserving of relief or reward, but, through the grace and mercy of God, He has determined that He will provide some of us an eternity free from pain. How sweet that will be.