If you could ask God one question and you knew He would give you an answer, what would you ask? The most common response would be “Why is there pain and suffering in the world?”
If you are sharing the gospel, it wouldn’t be very long before someone asks, “ How could a God of love allow tragedy, pain and suffering?’
The problem of pain is an atheist’s most common weapon against the Christian faith. More people point to the problem of evil and suffering as their reason for not believing in God than any other. It is not merely a problem; it is the problem.
So, why does God allow tragedy! If God can prevent such terrible tragedies, why does He allow them to take place? Here’s the classic statement of the problem: Either God is all powerful but not all good, and therefore doesn’t stop evil — or He’s all good but not all powerful, and therefore He can’t stop evil.
The general tendency, of course, is to blame God for evil and suffering, transferring all responsibility on Him. Let’s look at the core question: If God is so good and loving, why does He allow evil?
The first part of the quiz based on false premise. People who express those words are essentially suggesting the God must meet their own criteria of goodness. But who are they to set standards for God! When did they become the moral center of the Universe?
God isn’t good just because that’s someone’s opinion of Him, or because some personally agree with His words or actions. God is good because He says He is, Jesus said, No one is good except God alone (Luke 18:19).
God is good, whether we believe it or not. He and He alone is the final court of arbitration. As Apostle Paul said, “Let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4). And what is “good”? Gods is whatever God approves. And it’s good because He approves it. That’s circular reasoning. Well maybe, but everything begin and ends with God. I think of it more as a biblical reasoning.
In Isaiah 1:18, God invites, “Come now, and let us reason together.” Come sit down, let’s argue this out” (MSG). You see God’s thoughts are above our thoughts. There is no higher standard of goodness that God’s own character – and His approval of whatever’s consistent with that character. So God is good. Period.
Let’s go back to the second part of the question. Why does He allow evil.
Remember that mankind was not crested evil. In their original state, Adam and Eve were innocent, ageless, and immoral. But from the very beginning- from the time that God gave life to Adam and Eve, man has had the ability to choose right or wrong. They made their choice (and then their choice made them). Had man never sinned, there would have been no resulting curse. But now it’s too late. Romans 5:12 says, “When Adam sinned sin entered the entire human race. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread for everyone sinned.”
The point here is to keep in mind that humanity – not God is responsible for sin.
So why didn’t God create humans to be incapable of sin! If God hadn’t given us free will, we would merely be puppets on a string, remote controlled robots that bow before Him at the touch of a button, God wants to be loved and obeys by creatures who voluntarily choose to do so. Love cannot be genuine if there’s no other option. You and I can choose to love God. And if we’re realistic, we have every reason in the world to make that choice.
Most of us can accept the idea of suffering in general, especially when it happens as a consequence of bad behavior. When bad thing happen to bad people it seems appropriate, fitting, understandable. So, it’s not suffering that troubles us; it undeserved suffering. Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? Even more so, why do bad things happen to godly people?
There are times I just don’t know why God does or does not do certain things. I, like you am mystified by a lot of it. So here is my answer:
Being a Christian does not mean you will not suffer. We may ask the question, “Why me?” But we could more easily ask, “Why not me?” As 1 Peter 4:12 tells us “beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange is happening to you.” Our trials and sufferings should not be seen as strange but expected. Jesus Himself assured us that there we be suffering in our lives. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulations; but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world. ( John 16:33),
Here is what we need to know; we need to prepare for suffering. Suffering will come; it’s not a matter of if but when and how much. As you read this message, and you do not have any suffering or tragedy, I say “rejoice and enjoy it.’ But know that hardship will come.
Here’s the bottom line: you are either coming out of a storm, in one, or headed there, ‘People are born for trouble as predictably as sparks fly inward from a fire” (Job 5:7). It’s just a matter of time. In this life, the on,y way to avoid suffering is to die.
Most of us don’t give any focused thought to evil or suffering until we experience them. This forces us to formulate perspective on the fly, at a time when out thinking is muddled and we’re exhausted and consumed by pressing issues. People who have been there will attest that’s it’s far better to think through suffering in advance.
In other words be prepared ahead of time!
We thank God for his mercy and grace. But we need to thank Him before pain and suffering comes. Pray without ceasing. Turn to God in the good and the bad. We should always be ready to stand before God. And the only way to be ready is having put our faith in Him.
Deuteronomy 15:7 says. If among one of your brothers (friend, strangers, family) should become poor, in any of the towns with your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart against your poor brother.
Deuteronomy 15:11, for there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, “You shake open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and the poor, in your land.
I say to you why are there poor and hungry people in the world? Why isn’t God doing anything about it? He did God sent us, it is in our hands to help the poor and needy.
Will God say to you on Judgement day. ‘Well done good and faithful servant.