Paul, that is a fascinating premise--the "privilege" of pain, but I hate pain. I hate it so much I will medicate myself not to feel it. What does that say about us?
Deena, you're getting it, you're already way ahead of Reba who over public airwaves asked the ancient perplexing question: "Why ?"
Really drink in the meaning and portent of Ecc 3:11. God is clearly stating he never intended for mankind to comprehend to purpose of our laborious & painful labours while on this Earth. But God does talk about the "heart", in this verse, and to a few people the spirit of Christ has opened a few select hearts within Christ's Body, but we must have a humbled spirit & demeanor to comprehend its' deepest meaning or we never see this "privilege" called "pain", and we certainly would never see the benefits it holds for the future of all of mankind.
You have been doing just as I have been doing, boldy (screaming) going to God demanding he gives us answers. He wants boldness when appearing before him, he says so in Heb 4:16, look up that Greek word for "boldly", it means "all-out-spokeness, to be blunt", wow Deena, you can't get anymore blunt than to "scream", good job, he's listening probably better than you know. There have been times I've told God "I hate you" for the pain you created us to suffer with, but I usually get over it within a few minutes or at least a few hours.
In 99.9% of our infirmities, God does not take away pain via the central nervous system, because it is crucial to his secretive plan for the redemption of the entire Universe. Almost all cancers will remain, God will not rescind the painful inflictions of the book of Revelation & all the pain he will place those people under, they will learn valuable lessons from it that Satan can never learn. Pain teaches humans compassion
, something Satan & his minions are incapable of feeling, this is the reason those now human will rule over all the celestial hosts presently in the heavens throughout the universe.
I, like you, scream at God everyday about picking up the pace & putting an end to the humiliating aspects of having a central nervous system that God has inflicted humankind with. But as smart as I'd like to think I am with a better plan in which all our pain should end just as soon as we ask God to do it, is when it dawns on me God created all these bodies on planet Earth just for the express purpose of feeling pain, even the most intense pain, including all the torture chambers the worst human despots can devise right down to the most despicable child molesters who take an innocent child's life. When God put humans on this planet he knew these things would happen, maybe not necessarily all specific instances, but certainly many.
I'm an environmental engineer, my job is to make peoples lives comfortable
, what a job that can be, the demands placed on me to assist people in avoiding what God has ordained, pain
. This has been a good topic Deena, keep screaming with me at God with all boldness, and if the real truth be known I'll just bet you a lot more than two of us have been plenty mad at God about a lot of things. The screaming boldness of our prayers will not be wasted, God wants to hear from his Sons & Daughters, he's willing to take it anyway we give to him because he likes their attention, just fathers & mothers love the attention of their children even when they're screaming mad at us so also our Father in heaven, he's a big guy Deena, he can handle all the screaming we direct at him, never be embarrassed about it.