Comfort is no better guide to religion than to medical treatment. Just because a treatment lessens pain does not mean it has addressed the underlying problem.  If the purpose of religion is to deepen our connections to life, to reality and to each other- then we must be ready for it to dis-comfort us from time to time. Inner peace can mean spiritual death if it comes from detaching ourselves from relationships. In the biblical story, the prophet heard the small still voice in the middle of earthquakes and storms. The peace of religion is not like morphine for a dying patient. It is finding and living out of the eye in the center of life’s hurricane.