Because Christ suffered, so must we. Suffering is the theme to an authentic Christian life because it shows how we can believe in Jesus Christ even through suffering. C.S. Lewis, the popular Christian apologist was an atheist before becoming a Christian. Lewis, like many atheists (and agnostics) didn’t understand why a loving God could allow suffering. What many non believers don’t understand, is that God’s love for us has nothing to do with our circumstances, but in the cross of Jesus Christ. Personally, I think we as Christians, should embrace suffering, because it is biblical. Just remember that God never promised a pain free life, but he is always with you, and will never abandon you.