To say that suffering just leads us closer to God is unacceptable. What of natural disasters or diseases? What of cancer? Suffering through these things does not intrinsically lead us to holiness: it is despite this suffering that we grow closer to God. Cancer does not contain God’s grace; it cannot contain it. Cancer is an evil. It is an organism eating away at itself, mutating into a crippling, life-ending clump of flesh. God is not cancer. God is not a tsunami, nor is God a famine.
—Brant Maggard, From “The Weeping Trinity”