Creation Insights

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God, Suffering and Evil

How can a loving God allow pain and misery in the world?

Pain and misery are the consequences of sin. God did not create sin, He warns us about it. We choose to sin, and in turn, reap the consequences. God allows us to experience the consequences of sin to show us how bad it is. He does this because He loves us. Out of love, He reaches out to us to deliver us from our sin. Out of mercy, He offers forgiveness in spite of our rebellion and rejection of Him. It would be unloving and unmerciful of God to deny us the experience of the horrors of sin. If in the midst of sin and suffering, we deny God and blame Him for our troubles, how much more we would use the excuse that we do not need God because there are no problems and no pain associated with our sins. In fact, most people would deny that there is sin if there was no pain. Such a scenario would make God a cruel deceiver.
But what about natural disasters that inflict pain and suffering on innocent by-standers, on those who try to live a good life, or even on babies? We live in a world of our own choosing. It is a world plagued with sin and suffering. The ‘unfair’ suffering inflicted on so many by natural disasters is a reminder to us that sin has no mercy, sin is cruel, sin is unfair, and sin shows no favoritism. Pain and suffering are endured because of the choices we all make to sin. The solution is to confess your sins to God, trust Him to save your soul, and wait for the redemption, at which time, the new heaven and earth will be created and pain will be no more.
Is pain and suffering a good excuse to not believe in God? Of course not. Complaining about pain and suffering is nothing more than a statement that you do not like the way God does things. Pain and suffering are as irrelevant to the existence of God as they are to the existence of your parents just because you do not like the way they do things that affect your life.

 

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now." Romans 8:22

”Who feareth to suffer suffereth already, because he feareth." Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

“… What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” Job 2:10