Unknown or Unknown

What is the purpose of trials and pain in our life? C.S Lewis summarized the answer to this well when he wrote:
God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
Trials seem to have a binary effect: It makes some people stronger in their faith in Jesus. It makes other people turn away from faith in Jesus. Our initial reaction to those who turn away is to think that if only they had not experience that trial, they would have never turned away. We somehow think that the trial blinded them to the truth, when in reality it is the other way around. It opened their eyes to truth.

If the trial had never come they never would have been tested on what they thought they believed, and perhaps would have gone on happily thinking they had faith when in reality they never did. Instead of trials pushing people away from faith, they are actually pulling them to it by showing them that they still need to put their faith in Jesus. The alternative is to be ignorant and be unknown to Jesus.
Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, Lord, Lord did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name? And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.' (Matt. 7:21-23)

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