Why are the consequences of Adam’s disobedience so disastrous? Why does spiritual life in Christ take, in this world, the tragic form of a hand-to-hand battle against death? Why is God’s creation linked to this negation, to death, to this struggle full of pain? Why must I struggle against things which kill me without having the strength for it? I do not understand. To the degree that Christ and the Holy Spirit are, for me, the solution to all the problems which are beyond me, I can live in ignorance of many things. Christ is the foundation of my life. His way of acting attracts me. I do not understand what He said, but what He said is enough for me. I will understand when I pass from this world to the beyond.
Elder Sophrony in Words of Life
I am reminded of the Appalachian hymn: Farther Along
Tempted and tried, we’re made oft to wander,
Why it should be thus all the day long,
While there are others, living about us,
Never molested, though in the wrong.
Farther along we’ll know all about it,
Farther along we’ll understand why,
Cheer up my brother, live in the sunshine,
We’ll understand it all by and by.
Sometimes things are simply universal among faithful Christians. I have found much faith among the people of Appalachia.