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 unrest in the world, some follow-up thoughts are raised: “If God is all-powerful and all-knowing, yet doesn’t stop evil, then why should I believe in Him?” Or, “If He can’t do anything about all of this, then 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.
- 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’re not computers programmed to simply do good or do evil. Like God, we can make choices and those choices have consequences.
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, then He can do it with all of the suffering and unrest in 2020.