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Suffering is the rock on which religions perish

Published 28/03/2013

I am writing in response to John O'Connell's letter (Write Back, March 26), headlined 'Suffering is the price we pay for happiness'.

It seems to me that John's premise, that a benign God allows suffering just so that we can discover in ourselves a sense of empathy for others, is stunning in its conceit.

Suffering is the rock upon which religions perish. Either God can do nothing to stop suffering, or he doesn't care to stop it, or he doesn't exist. He is either impotent, evil, or imaginary. Certainly, John's assertion that suffering is God's way of showing how "caring, compassionate and loving" he is may not go down so well with those who do the suffering.

CIARAN MULGREW

Belfast

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