Why does God allow suffering?

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Connie Keyohara

This is a question that has led many to struggle with their faith in Christ. 

Why does God allow bad things to happen? 

Unfortunately, our world is sinful. We face many tragedies each day, such as cancer, diseases of various kinds, murder, child abuse, animal abuse .. and the list goes on and on.

We do live in an imperfect, fallen world, and the Bible says that it rains on the just and the unjust.

From the very beginning, from the very start, from day one, God created the world perfect in every way Imaginable to man. There was no evil, suffering, hate, jealousy, strife or depravity.

Man enters, trouble starts!

Immediately, they began lying, deceiving, blaming one another and of course they rejected God (as some still do in this present age), and as a result, sin entered into the world.

So, the world we live in now, the world as we know it, isn’t at all how God intended it to be. In fact, Man corrupted it. As my pastor Gale says, “losers (sinners) from the word Go.”

Imagine pulling on the string at the bottom of your sweater and it begins to unravel. Adam and Eve, the two in the garden, the pair on the ground (not the Apple in the tree) started the unraveling of human kind as we know it. And it begin to unravel and continues to unravel to this day.

And this human sin and depravity has led to all the as we know it. 

Hate, murder, sin and debauchery has been prevalent in our world since that time of the unraveling.

God gave Adam and Eve a free will, they used that free will to do wrong and to listen to the serpent (satan) instead of God. 

I’ve heard this many times before especially from agnostic or atheist friends. “I can’t believe in a God that allows evil things to happen.”

I respond with this. “ if there is evil, then there must be good.” You cannot have one without the other.

 

CS Lewis said it best. “A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line.”

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. . . . As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55:8-9

As we struggle with life and with life’s events, let us fix our eyes on the unseen, which is eternal rather than with the seen which is temporary.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (this present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us and conferred on us!”

Romans 8:18

God didn’t create us to be robots, he created us to be free. We’re all given a choice to do right or wrong.

Unfortunately, many choose the latter, leaving a mark of pain, anguish, hurt, distress, suffering and often times devastation on someone’s life.

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Deuteronomy29:29

You see, we won’t know everything and not everything is revealed to us. Maybe, someday when we all get to heaven, God will reveal those things to us. But for now, there are some things that are hidden from us and it’s not for us to know. 

For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the WILL of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

Romans 8:20

So, in order to blame God for this, we have to assume that you don’t know his character.

Over and over again scripture tells us of the character of God.  

When he saw sin, he addressed it. 

When he saw pain, he healed it.  

When his friend died, he wept.

When we called on him, he answered. 

God is:

•Loving. 1 John 3:1

•Faithful & Righteous. Psalm 145:17

•Sovereign & Just. Psalm 103:19

•Compassionate. Psalm 103:8

•Refuge & Help. Psalm 46:1

And the list goes on…

If we kept His commandments, we wouldn’t kill, lie, steal, dishonor our parents, commit adultery…etc

God is not a murderer. Sinning is what makes people do bad things. They’re given a free will. They unfortunately choose depravity. 

My prayer for you is that you’d see God in all circumstances and in all His goodness

Many Blessings,

Connie

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