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Why Would a Good God Allow Such Suffering?

How can God allow the kinds of suffering and loss that are happening in and around us?

In the darkness we  hear a whisper that tells us that if we were God, we’d never let this happen. Repeatedly, doubts grow out of the thought that there are only 2 possibilities: Either God is good, but not all-powerful, or he is all-powerful but not good.

In the face of such questions the Bible tells a story. In summary, Genesis to Revelations describe

a.  A God great enough to create the cosmos, world, and life as we know them.

b.  A God wise enough to give those created in his likeness the freedom to resist and rebel to the extent that we see it.

c.  A God who suffers and groans with us in the resulting evil and chaos.

d.  A God who offers hope in a return to paradise

e.  A God who takes on flesh to suffer for us.

f.  A God who shows his power over the worst of our enemies.

g.  A God who then asks us to trust him for the answers of eternal justice and mercy.

The Bible fleshes out this story. The question I have is what do you think it takes to make this story believable and meaningful to ourselves and others?

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88 Responses to “Why Would a Good God Allow Such Suffering?”

  1. bubbles says:

    Sin has ruined a perfect world. But, knowing this, we can take assurance in God’s Word. God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours. We cannot understand His mind, or He would not be God.

    He does tell us to cast our cares on Him, He cares for us. He tells us He is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. No matter what happens, therefore will not we fear though the earth be removed, though the mountians be carried into the midst of the sea, and so on. He tells us to be still and know He is God. This Psalm to me sounds like a foreshadowing of the tribulation, but it still brings comfort.

    It is during the dark times we are drawn closer to Him, and can learn things about Him we would not learn had it not been for those terrible things that happen.

    We must trust Him. We must trust Him, even when He’s quiet, and says nothing.

  • BruceC says:

    Can’t pluck the verses up out of my head (old age maybe?) but we were created to serve God (willingly; hence free choice), to glorify and worship Him, and to have loving fellowship with Him. The key word I believe is “love”. And love is a choice. However we all have chosen to sin first. And that is the slippery slope of humanity. But our Lord has rescued us from that fall through Christ; and again because of His love for us. So that we can be be restored by faith in Christ to that fellowship with Him. So things will and must run their course until the Day we are united with Him and sin has come to an end.
    There are so many things we do not know about God or understand, but that is where faith comes into play. We will never know everything there is to know about God and that is why He alone is God. He alone knows all things.

    Soli Deo Gloria!