Blog Posts on The Fall

The Phenomenal Design of Pain

John Piper

If there was pain before the Fall, it was only good. That is implied,  I presume, in God’s calling his unfallen creation “very good” (Genesis 1:31), and in God’s promising that in new world there will be no crying “nor pain anymore” (Revelation 21:4). However, not many would use the word “pain” for something that is only good. It doesn’t appear that the Bible uses it that way either.


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