Why does God allow suffering?

sufferingYesterday we looked at the old and important question of the existence of God. But there’s one other question that everyone inevitably asks in the course of their spiritual exploration: if God is good, why is there so much evil and suffering in the world? How can we reconcile the existence of a loving God and the presence of violence, disease, and suffering? Are we supposed to believe that God just sit back and lets all these awful things happen, without lifting a finger to prevent it?

There’s no easy answer to this question, although theologians have grappled with it for thousands of years. Yet Christianity and the Bible do have something to say about this—while it’s not likely that we’ll ever completely understand the “problem of evil,” the Bible does help us put evil and suffering into perspective. It also gives us reason to hope that there is meaning to be found behind it all; that suffering isn’t meaningless, nor will it last forever. Here are some short essays from around the Gospel.com community that provide some insight into the seeming paradox of a good God and a suffering world:

You won’t find a pat answer to the question of evil in the above essays, but you will be challenged to look at suffering and evil from a different perspective.

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