Biblical Christianity


Why does God allow suffering?

Posted on May 12, 2009 at 2:08 AM

  Why does God allow suffering if He is good and all knowing? That is a fair question to ask, this question is usually raised by atheists and agnostics as a potent weapon against the christian faith. first we need to acknowledge that God is indeed good and omnipotent, all wise and perfectly holy and a just God. In the beginning when God created everything He said that everything was "very good"(Gen. 1:31) so with that we can see that there was no suffering in the beginning. God created man in His own image and blessed him and said be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and to subdue it  and to have dominion over all the creatures of the earth (Gen.1:26-28) Adam had a direct relationship with his creator in the beginning, Adam beheld God's direct creative act before him. (Gen.2:18-20) Shortly thereafter woman was created to be the mans helper (Gen.2:18,22-24). Both enjoyed fellowship with God in the beginning in a sinless world, with one command of God, and that was not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, every other tree was permissable (Gen. 2:16-17).  The Archangel Lucifer, heavens favored prince regent, most adored of heaven, 2nd only to God's throne perhaps was given to be a watcher in the Garden of Eden, because scripture indicates that lucifer was in eden prior to his rebellion into sin, (Ezekiel 28:13-17) It explains Lucifers eventual fall which I believe was about 100 years after the creation. Perhaps God's fellowship with the newly creation, the race of men incensed Lucifer along with the pride he had within because of his majestic beauty, he was losing fellowship with God to the race of men which became obsessive to the point  where he and a third of his renegade angelic host who rendered his demands, or were stirred by his spirit or motivation of rebellion to rebel against God. Lucifer secured Eve's allegiance by deciet  along with Adam. They were then bound to the consequences of their defection by eating of the forbidden fruit and thus brought sin into the world. Since then Sin has brought forth a broken world where we experience suffering through diseases and eventual death the whole creation is under the curse of sin(Romans 8:22). It was mans rebellion against a sinless God that has brought forth suffering and death. (Romans 6:23, Romans 5:12) Through God's anger and pain by mans rebellion, the God of the universe reached back to restore the broken relationship man had with Him before sin, by coming down in the person of Jesus Christ in order to sacrifice himself for the sins of all humanity for all time. God himself suffered more then anyone. (1 Corinthians 15:3). Satan will be judged with his fallen host for their sins against God and humanity and likewise anyone who will not put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ by repenting from their sins for breaking God's law. (John 3:16-18). God knows our pain and so desires to forgive us and give us a new life, eternal life if we accept it. (1 Timothy 2:3-5;Romans 5:6-8). The Bible tells us that God cursed the earth because of Adam's transgression. weeds are a curse, diseases are a curse. sin and suffering cannot be seperated. The scripture informs us that we live in a fallen creation. When sin came into the world, so did misery and death.  Those who understand the message of the holy bible, eagerly await a new heavens and a new earth where righteousness will dwell (Isaiah 11:5-9; Revelation 21:3-5)

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