Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Why does God allow pain and suffering?


One of the students in the school I work for, a member of the championship-winning varsity soccer team, smashed into his teammate so hard that his two teeth have been permanently damaged (they’re basically dead, and he’ll have to be out of action as the rest of the team goes to an all-expenses paid trip to Manila to represent Mindanao. 

On the ride to the hospital, in great pain he, being active in youth ministry, would often ask why God allowed this to happen to him despite him being so faithful and so excellent for Him.

Although I haven’t been told personally, I suspect that a friend of mine has left her callous and abusive husband after several years of (a rocky) marriage.  My friend is also a person of faith (I really wanted them to come to my church, especially during this rocky time and before it was too late) but even then, the marriage did not work out.

Lastly, yesterday was September 11, and that day will forever go down in infamy as hundreds of people, innocent people, lost their lives in horrible acts of terror that shook the world.  Why did all of these innocent people have to die?

In devastating times like these, we are forced to ask God why He allows these terrible things to happen. 

To answer that question, here’s Randy Alcorn, theologian and author extraordinaire (author of If God Is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil) as he sits down with Focus on the Family and excellently answers this very tough question in the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy.  Enjoy

How about you?  Have you ever had to ask why God has allowed bad things to happen in your life or in a friend's life?

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17 comments:

  1. I dont ask God why because He knows something I do not know. And every time I have problems and struggles in life I always have faith in Him

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  2. Everything happen for a reason and only GOD knows why that happen. GOD is my only refuge. HE is my guidance in everything that I do. HE is GOOD all the time :-)

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  3. If I am to answer the question, my answer is so that we can remember God. But another question may arise, are those innocents forgot God at the time this horrible thing happened? Well, life is just unfair I think and there are just bad people surrounding us making life unfair.

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  4. I remember the pain I felt looking at the pictures and memorabilia in honor of those who perished in the 9/11 attack while visiting the 9/11 Museum in NYC. I cannot help but cry for those who died a senseless death and those who offered their lives to save and spare the others. And the place where the twin towers once stood is a constant reminder of what terrorism can do.

    I try my level best not to ask God the whys because I know He knows best and he has the best laid plans for everyone.

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  5. God only gives us challenges that he knows we can surpass!

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  6. pain is something most human dread to experience ... I think God allows pain and suffering so we would by all means prefer to love and reject suffering... hence, everyone's pursuit to happiness... and in effect this world would be a better and awesome place to live in. Sadly, with the gift of human's emotional diversity .. some people couldn't just find what suits them.. so they sow terror ... but then again.. it all depends on what we got on how we take these sufferings and pain.. either you get yourself drawn with it.. or find peace and love in the midst of pain and suffering...

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  7. God definitely is not the one to be blamed when someone suffers regardless of whatever suffering an individual is going through.

    James 1:13 says "When under trial, let no one say: I am being tried by God, For with evel things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone"

    Our God is a loving Creator and he would not let his worshiper suffer beyond what they can bare. He allows suffering that's because he wants us to prove satan who is taunting Him ever since, that we can maintain our integrity towards God during bad times, not only good times.

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  8. Well, for me it is the only way for us to come closer to him. If we don't have pain and suffering, human have a tendency to just ignore God. Therefore, pain and suffering was allowed by God in order for us to talk to Him through prayers and there we always have time to connect with Him.

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  9. There are things that we can't understand. I always believe that everything has a purpose.

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  10. This things is written in the bible that the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here 2 Timothy 3.1 - 7 and including nation will rise up against nation!

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  11. God is so good and He love His Children, His creation to allow sufferings, or others call it punishments.He gave free will to choose between the good and the evil. I consider everything as reminder that we have to kneel before our God and ask for mercy, thank Him for all goodness bestowed on us. Sometimes we are so comfortable with our life forgetting about God, that our comforts comes from Him. God will not allow miseries to happen to His children, but we, given the freewill allow sufferings to fall into our life.

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  12. for me i dont think its right to asked God why all these bad things are happening, we have to remember that some of the problems in this world are made by men and there is also the Devil who try his best to temp us in doing bad things. the case about this guy, i dont think God would want that to happen to him, or maybe soccer is not for me, or maybe God is just trying to save him from a bigger damage. we should keep our Faith, and believe that there is much more better for us out there.

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  13. Sufferings and pains is not God's doing. It is of the evil ones and as long as we keep our guard and stance in the presence of God, we can ward off these evils and we come out the victor as God don't allow us to carry a burden that we can't bear.

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  14. Your post couldn't have come at a better time. Just yesterday- until this morning- I was crying my eyes out because of an unfortunate incident in my life. I felt lost and was literally looking at the ceiling, talking to God. It's easy to fall into the trap of despair whenever misfortune befalls us, but yes, God is always there. And in the grand scheme of things, it's all part of the Plan.

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  15. I learned not to ask God no matter what 'coz I always knew that all the things happening to me are just results of circumstances according to my self-decision which I am always liable.

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  16. When going through tough situations, I hang on to my mantra - everything happens for good and for a reason. W

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    1. There's a condition, though. Read Romans 8:28

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