Originally posted by Akragon
reply to post by EnochWasRight
Im not sure we can consider pain as a blessing though...
Necessary perhaps... and in some cases a good thing as you've said, but mostly not.
I would say it is a teaching "device" if anything...
Poe said it best. In his muse, "Mesmeric Revelation," he outlines the questions asked to a man on his death bed. The man in question was hypnotized
so that his answers would be gleaned from his vision of death's doorway. Here is the answer to what you state above. Of course, this is a muse of
Poe and not actual fact, but the intuition he had with this speaks volumes to what I consider the point of suffering.
"P. But to what good end is pain thus rendered possible?
V. All things are either good or bad by comparison. A sufficient analysis will show that pleasure in all cases, is but the contrast of pain. Positive
pleasure is a mere idea. To be happy at any one point we must have suffered at the same. Never to suffer would have been never to have been blessed.
But it has been shown that, in the inorganic life, pain cannot be; thus the necessity for the organic. The pain of the primitive life of Earth, is the
sole basis of the bliss of the ultimate life in Heaven."
From the Midrash, we get this:
"Future bliss can neither be imagined, explained, nor described. We know nothing of its nature, form, greatness, or beauty, its quantity or quality.
This much one should know, the phrase, "the world to come," does not imply that it is a world yet to be called into existence; it exists already, but
the phrase is employed to describe the life into which those who are in the present stage of existence will be transposed when they throw off this
From the Bible, this:
1 Corinthians 2
However, as it is written: "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived" -- the things God has prepared for
those who love him--
---For me, it is easy to see why the reflecting point of the image of God is necessary for the return to the source of the image perfected.
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