George Barna, the well-known public-opinion pollster, conducted a national survey: “If you could ask God one question, what would it be?” The Number one answer was, “Why is there so much pain and suffering?”
In light of all of the crisis and unrest in the Middle East, the difficult economy here in the U.S., and the current chaotic Presidential scenario, some follow-up thoughts are raised: “If God is all-powerful and all-knowing, yet doesn’t stop evil, why should I believe in Him?” Or, “If He can’t do anything about all of this, He isn’t much of a God, is He?” Questions like these can shake our faith and grip us with fear, anger and bewilderment. If God is all-powerful and all-good, then how can he allow so much pain and suffering? As Christians, we know that God is powerful and loving, but sometimes it feels like He doesn’t care, or that we’re all alone. Two things to keep in mind: God gets blamed for a lot of man’s evil and God has given man a free will. Ironically, the more victimized people are by man’s evil, the more they tend to blame God. But, we are not created as computers programmed to do good or evil. Like God, we can make choices.
So, the question remains: why does God, who is all-loving and all-powerful, allow suffering and evil? No answer is adequate, but God’s main concern is that we trust Him to bring good out of evil. If He did it when mankind murdered His innocent Son, He can do it with all of the suffering and unrest in 2016.