It was programmed to say those words. Listen to me—that is not to deny the reality of your pain in this life. He also writes for Apologetics315 where he is a team leader. Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, RZIM Confirms Ravi Zacharias’s Sexual Misconduct, When A Word Is Worth A Thousand Complaints (and When It Isn’t), Home delivery of CT magazine and CT Pastors special issues, Over 120 years of magazine archives plus full access to all of CT’s online archives. The first point of light: God is not the creator of evil and suffering. But what if tragedy isn’t a result of human choice? Why did God let this happen? Some who lose a child to a drunk driver turn inward in chronic rage and never-ending despair; another turns outward to help others by founding Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. Say as Christians we didn’t even try to defend ourselves against this attack. Please don’t let the suffering drive you away from God. Rather draw closer to him. I certainly don't want to minimize pain and suffering, but it helps if we take a long-term perspective. Are you despised? Why, then, would a good and loving God allow such a tragedy to happen? Here is the classic statement of the problem. While I did not ultimately know why I had to go through the suffering I did, I knew my savior had suffered with me. The top 7 stories of the day, curated just for you! God does not cause disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods. It says the day will come when sickness and pain will be eradicated and people will be held accountable for the evil they've committed. On Sundays, we worship at our Love INC Connection Center at: 6633 Lake Michigan Dr This answers the question you hear so often: "Why didn't God merely create a world where tragedy and suffering didn't exist?" "Why? I couldn't stop because I was afraid someone might come along and rear-end us. ", I don't have God's mind; I don't share his perspective. Sarah Sumner. God not being all-good and God not existing are two very different things. If you think about it, the question, Why does God allow people to suffer? Because God desires for all people to come to the knowledge of the truth. You have your first child and he's healthy and strong. In the September 11 bombing of the World Trade Center buildings, it was not God who crashed those planes—it was the terrorists. But unfortunately, we humans have abused our free will by rejecting God and walking away from him. We were driving up the highway in the dark, when it started raining heavily and we hit dense fog. Jesus is there in the lowest places of our lives. In summary, why does God allow tragedy? Did people turn from you? So as we ponder the mystery of pain and evil, we need to be mindful that God did not create them. Romans 5:8 says, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”, And John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”. Real love always involves a choice. God does not need the devil to correct His children! But be courageous! Reid asked, "How many years have you spend in hospitals?" Do you cry out that you can't take any more? Then next New Year's Day someone asks, "So, how was your 2012?" As you all know, a major tragedy struck southeast Asia last Sunday. God knew we'd rebel against him, but he also knew many people would choose to follow him and have a relationship with him and spend eternity in heaven with him. He apparently had fog lamps in front, because he was traveling at a confident and deliberate pace, and I knew if we could just follow those taillights, we'd be headed in the right direction. Even as we mourn what happened in 9-11, we see that God brought good out of loss. Or He is all good but He is not all-powerful, therefore He can't stop evil. That day just sort of fades away. There's illness, abuse, broken relationships, betrayal, sorrow, injuries, disappointment, heartache, crime and death. He makes the solemn pledge that he will take the bad circumstances that befall us and cause good to emerge if we're committed to following him. Read This Issue. While it may not seem like human freedom impacts natural catastrophes, I believe it still does and in two different ways: 1)   The laws of nature that allow us to choose good or evil also make natural catastrophes a reality. Some of us are evil. Delivery: Weekdays. Does God allow suffering? Why does God let bad things happen to good people? And that has resulted in the introduction of evil into the world. He didn't say you might—he said it is going to happen. Did someone betray you? Above I quoted part of what Jesus said in John 16:33. God promises a time when there will be no more crying, no more tears, no more pain and suffering, when we will be reunited with God in perfect harmony, forever. Healing can be a long journey, but ultimate healing comes from his hands. Reid asked him, "How old are you?" It was through that cross that Jesus conquered the world for us. If God can take the very worst circumstance imaginable and turn it into the very best situation possible, can he not take the negative circumstances of your life and create something good from them? But while answering these questions may not be easy, I am writing today to give Christians confidence that there are, in fact, very good answers. After driving through the confusion of the fog for so long, that image struck me with poignancy I'll never forget. Each day brings new tragedy. In other words, he offers us the two very things we need when we're hurting: peace to deal with our present and courage to deal with our future. I already “knew all the answers” in my head, but they didn’t comfort me as my heart was broken in two. I just want to point out one fatal flaw in the skeptic’s logic. The difference between answering these questions intellectually and emotionally, How suffering and tragedy are not good reasons to become an Atheist. I have conquered the world.". Jesus told his followers, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Pastors know well that no two people under their care are in the same place spiritually. The boy said, "Seventeen." It might be chronic. January 2, 2005. But anger only leaves us bitter and hopeless. ", And he will. I'd say, "Hey! Many people wonder: "If God has the power to eradicate evil and suffering, then why doesn't he do it? God has the last word! 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