Why Does God Allow Suffering?

October 30, 2007

“For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one the many will be righteous.” – Romans 5:19

A common question is, “How can a loving God allow so much suffering and evil in the world?” It’s a tough question that philosophers and theologians have struggled with forever. There is no completely adequate answer, but it’s important to remember that God is blamed for a lot of things that man does wrong.

When God created man He gave us all a free will. He didn’t program us as robots to always do what’s right or what He wants. Robots have no choice, but humans do. We can choose to trust and obey God–or do things our own way.

From the first man and woman, each person has chosen to go his or her own way rather than God’s way. The result of man’s sin is disease, suffering, and death.

God has done something pretty dramatic to confront the problem: He humbled Himself to become one of us, in the person of Jesus Christ, to show us how to live. Even more, Christ came to die for us. Through faith in Him, we begin to reverse this cycle of evil and suffering.