Of course we experience both. Our childhood is filled with bumps and scrapes, each one a small life lesson. I have to accept this in life. There is pain, there is joy. We get on with it.
I get very confused when told that God is the one responsible for this. The main reason why I accept pain during accidents is that no one is inflicting it upon me. No one finds a hazard and waits for it to catch out the first unfortunate person to pass by.
What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger
True to some extent. Yet as a believer this quote is pointless. If there is an afterlife, what is the point of pain? Aren’t we all hoping for a eternity of bliss, free from suffering?
I can imagine being greeted by God after getting through those pearly gates.
God- ‘Hey, there is no suffering up here, welcome!’
Me- ‘Thanks! So what was up with all that pain down there? I was told it was to learn from. What am I learning if there is no pain up here?’
‘Meh. I don’t know to be honest, I just thought I would throw it in the mix. It’s all over now though so you can relax!’
Even if pain is to make us stronger here on earth, it is pointless once we are gone. Why teach us to experience pain during our short lives on earth if eternity is pain free? I’m sure there is much more we should be taught before we die. Actually, eternity gives me more than enough time to learn once I am up there!