The earth is a TESTING GROUND so no wonder things get a little rough at times-
Just as Army Regiments award the beige beret (SAS), green beret beret (US Special Forces) and red beret (Paras), so does God award us a "gold beret" if we pass his test.
The only success that matters is getting through the Life Assault Course:-
"All creation groans in pain from the beginning til now" (Rom 8:22)
And it sorts the men from the boys:-
"We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22)
Jesus welcomes anybody into his squad:-
"Whoever comes to me I'll never turn away" (John 6:37)
And he'll lead by example:-
"To follow me you must carry your own cross daily" (Luke 9:23)
The C.O. shows no favouritism:-
"God didn't spare his own son" (Rom 8:32)
So if he can hack it so can we:-
"We share in Jesus's sufferings in order to share in his glory" (Rom 8:17)
And others have stayed the course too:-
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" (2 Tim 4:7)
Then if we qualify we win the Gold Beret:-
"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life.." (James 1:12)
But for those who want a soft, easy religion, Christianity's not for them -
"They prefer teachers who only tell them what they want to hear" (2 Tim 4:3)
Waddya say sergeant?
"Take the pain! TAKE THE PAIN!"