I myself could never believe in God were it not for the cross…In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?….He laid aside His immunity to pain. He entered our world of flesh and blood, tears and death. He suffered for us. Our sufferings become more manageable in the light of His. There is still a question mark against human suffering, but over it we boldly stamp another mark - the Cross, which symbolizes divine suffering. The cross of Christ ... is God's only self-justification in such a world as ours.” (The Cross of Christ, by John Stott)