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Suffering and Redemption

            Every good story has a challenge its characters must overcome. Conflicts can be man struggling against his circumstances, another man, or himself. Fyodor Dostoyevsky endured many hardships in his lifetime, and illustrated the lessons he learned through his novel "Crime and Punishment." In the book, nearly every character has a problem contributing to the story line. Dostoyevsky blends together many different conflicts to argue suffering is a necessary part of a Christian's sanctification. Everyone will experience some kind of suffering, and suffering causes people to seek a source of hope. Suffering is indeed necessary to a Christian's sanctification, but it does not lead people to redemption unless they have accepted Christ's saving work on the cross. .
             Many people, both Christian and non-Christian, may believe the easiest life is the best life. However, suffering forces non-Christians to think deeply about their world views and even look for truth from a higher power. On the other hand, Christians should also experience suffering, lest they forget God is the source of all good things. Christians should rejoice in suffering, "knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope"" (Romans 5:3). In addition, some people may forget sanctification is an ongoing process where Christians learn how to become more like Christ. In times of suffering, Christians must look to God for answers and learn more about him. Lastly, people may be unaware true transformation comes only after accepting salvation. when people are aware of the futility of their independent efforts, they begin to appreciate the wonder of God's mercy.
             Everyone will endure suffering, and suffering causes people to look for hope. When Katerina Ivanovna's first husband dies, she marries Marmeladov out of desperation because he is her only hope. "Weeping and sobbing she married [Marmeladov]! For she had nowhere to turn!"" (12).

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