In the day and age we live in, we see a tremendous amount of suffering from all parts of the world. Sickness, disease, murders, torture, natural disasters, violence, poverty, injustice and all kinds of other evil plaguing what seems every corner of the world.
Many people whether they believe in God or not are left asking “why does God allow suffering like this to good or innocent people who don’t deserve it.” Often times in these moments of trouble and terrible acts of evil we tend to direct our anger and blame towards God……
If God is a loving God how could he let this happen?
God caused this terrible situation to teach me something.
God allowed me to get hurt or allowed me to get a sickness or disease for a reason.
Why Does God Allow Suffering?
In order to answer this question you need to understand why God created people in the first place. God created man in order to have a people that would love, honor and have a close relationship with Him. In doing so it would bring glory to God our Heavenly Father.
You can see that in (Genesis 1:27) that God created man and woman, and that He placed them in a beautiful garden. The garden was perfect, and Adam and Eve were given dominion over this garden and everything in it. At this time everything was perfect and evil was not present on the earth as was God’s true will for us.
We can also see that God wanted us to live by free will, He does not want to control us, He didn’t want to do everything for us or play out our lives like puppets or robots rather He wanted us to live our lives making our own decisions. This is why Adam and Eve were given dominion over the garden and everything in it. It was up to them to make their own decisions.
When Adam and Eve sinned out of their own free will by eating the fruit of the forbidden tree (Genesis 3:6), this gave satan a legal entry point into the earth and thus evil was birthed so to speak in the world.
It is at this point that we see some of the immediate effects of evil and sin in this world as noted below:
- Embarrassment/Guilt – (Genesis 3:10)
- Pain and Suffering – (Genesis 3:16)
- Hardships/Curse on Earth (Genesis 3:17,18)
- Physical Death (Genesis 3:19)
It was at this point that there was a separation from us and God. This separation happened because God is perfect and therefore cannot associate or be near any bit of evil. Since we were now tainted by this sin because of our own free will decision we were unable to have a relationship with God; that is until through God’s mercy and love He gave up His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins and mend that disconnection we had from God.
Now the fact that we can be saved though faith by what Jesus Christ did for us on that cross does not take away the fact that evil and sin are still present and authorities on this earth, and it also does not take away the fact that everybody on the earth still has free will to do with their life what they want to and serve whom they want to.
It is because of the curse over the earth and the ungodly free will decisions that people make that cause sin to affect people living in this world. Even though Christians are God’s children we are still living in a sinful world where we are at war with evil and there will be casualties.
Why Can’t God Step In?
Let’s take for instance our children, when they become of age they will have to live their own lives and make their own decisions. We have taught them the right ways of living and we have our hopes, dreams and desires for them in life however it is up to them to embrace what they have been taught or choose to rebel and go another way.
As parents if our children begin making poor decisions no matter how much we want to do something or make them change, we cannot, we have to let them make their own choices. These choices may hurt them or other people, but we as parents cannot force them to live the way we taught them to.
Likewise God our Heavenly Father has given us instructions through His Word, and has given us the Holy Spirit as our guide but it is up to us to embrace that truth and accept Him or rebel and go another way. God simply cannot give us free will, take it away when bad things happen and then give it back when things are good again. It goes against His whole nature and His whole will for our lives.
In conclusion, we need to understand that God loves us, He wants only the best for us, however because of the sin and evil that is in the world there will be many evil things happen to both good and bad people. We as Christians are still subject to suffering as well because we are at war with satan and the evil within the world. Even Christ suffered at the hands of men.
However as children of God we know and can be comforted that God has promised that no matter what happens to us, and no matter what situation we may be facing right now in life that if we love Him and we trust and depend on Him He will work all things out for our good.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”