Originally Posted by mangler241
It wouldn't be accurate to classify my view as "Christian", but I believe Yeshua is the Mashiach ( or "Jesus is the Christ" ).
It's not that important or relevent to increase happiness if you're a believer; after all, believers shouldn't be hedonists.
I don't think you should avoid suffering or persecution, especially for righteousness. Consider Yeshua and many of the early believers; also, what about those that have given up their lives to preach the "gospel of the Kingdom " elsewhere? Read James 1:2-8. [ Note that "pure joy" and "happiness" are not identical. ]
Definitely a good point.
Some religious experts think God works through suffering.
"Elihu, told Job he needed to humble himself and submit to God's use of trials to purify his life." quote from http://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Job.html
Then Charles Stanley lists the following as reasons for it:
(A definition of suffering: "Anything that causes us mental, physical, or emotional pain or irritates us in some fashion" (1 Peter 4:12-19).)
To get our attention (Psalm 119:67, 71)
To develop righteousness and maturity in us
To prune us (John 15:1-2)
To teach us obedience (Hebrews 12:5)
To teach us to trust Him (1 Peter 1:7)
To teach us to depend continually on His grace and goodness (2 Cor. 12)
To manifest Christ's life and character in us.
To purify our hearts.
To allow us to share in the holiness of Christ (Hebrews 12:10)
To teach us to give thanks in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
To develop character and perseverance (Romans 5:1-5)
To enable us to share in the sufferings of Christ (Philippians 3:10)
To prevent pride in our life (2 Corinthians 12:9)
To broaden our ministry (Philippians 1:12-13)
To reveal the evil nature of mankind and the righteous judgment of God