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Why Does God Allow Suffering in the World?

Evil, pain and suffering are never far from us. Why does God allow it? Can a loving God allow suffering? Why does God allow suffering? How do we reconcile a caring god, a god of power, with a god who allows evil to happen?

* Tragedies and suffering flood the news. Why?
* Evil and pain afflict loved ones, friends and communities. Why does God allow this?
* Suffering seems to leave no one untouched.

People ask why God allows pain in their lives – emotional pain, physical suffering, sadness and loss. They say God must not care, or perhaps he is not powerful.

God allows us to be human, to make choices. He cannot allow human freedom without allowing suffering or humans would be puppets. Much of the evil and pain in the world is human evil, humanly-caused pain, the result of human sin.

God allowed Adam and Eve to make choices. Their choice to sin brought suffering and chaos into the whole world. But it’s not over! God’s Word promises that he will create a new heaven and a new earth and there will be “no more mourning or death or pain” because man’s sin will be gone and God will dwell with mankind.

God does not want suffering. God allows mankind to make choices – but sinful choices come under his judgment. He allows evil but judges it, too.

* Free will to love others and God himself is not free if it disallows other options.
* Sinful desires bring natural consequences including pain.
* Sinful choices carry spiritual consequences – including God’s judgment.

Pain and suffering result from sin in the world – peoples’ own sin. Even though God allows suffering and pain caused by sin, he alone can judge sin justly. God’s Word warns us not to judge others.

Though God allows suffering, he overcomes it.


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