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Why Does God Permit Evil and Human Suffering?

“Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” —Genesis 2:17

Why doesn’t God do something about all the suffering that is in the world today? Why does God allow an innocent baby to sicken and die? Multitudes are killed or maimed by tornadoes, cyclones, typhoons, and earthquakes—cannot God do something about this? When hundreds are killed in accidents over a single weekend … “Has God no pity?” As far back as history reaches, man has suffered and died in war, pestilence, famine, and calamities. And all in every generation have finally died, having been beaten down by the great enemy Death. Abel, a son of Adam, whose sacrifice was pleasing to the Lord, was the first to die, being murdered by his brother Cain. Today more than a hundred thousand humans die every day. Our hospitals and mental institutions are filled with the suffering and dying. No wonder many are wondering where God is, and what He is doing about the distresses of humanity.

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20 comments to Why Does God Permit Evil and Human Suffering?

  • Jacqueline

    The Jaycee Dugard story is on NBC for a two hour special. Tey mentioned that the wife was one of Jehovah Witnesses. It is alledged that he was a prisoner that studied and she married him. There are also other allegations but in so many instances there is a witness connection to so many horrible crimes. The father that recently killed his wife and kids, a brother. It is always twisted thinking involved and sexuality. Strange, just strange. So glad the precious girl survived.
    Barbara Anderson and I discussed the other day, why Oprah or some other show have not done a piece on Candace Conti and the other numerous pedophile cases. Most people feel witnesses can leave, that if they believe God will just save them at armageddon that they are beyond help. They have not bonds holding them. This little girl’s experience shows what abuse can do to you. Even tho some are free to leave they can’t. The abused mind is hard to understand. This is a sad story. Yet she is just one of millions of children that are kidnapped molested and raped. Adam could not have guessed what he let come in on us. That’s why Jesus and God ransoming us and shortly righting these wrongs. People will have as a record what it is like to live without God’s guidance. Ps37:9,10 says and a little while longer and the wicked will be no more. This is a millenium fulfilled scripture and we wait for that day.

  • Undecided name

    The story of Job is, for me, a disturbing one. It doesn’t portray God in a particularly good light. It shows him as a vindictive God, seeing men as little better than playthings..the basics being that the Devil made a bet with God, and for GOd’s own pride and arrogance he crushed a man to ensure that he won that bet.
    So “Why is there evil if god is good”? Well Job certainly does not provide that answer. The humble christian answer should be “We don’t know”. But that is an unsatisfactory answer for you religious cowards. And it should be an unsatisfactory answer for someone who truly wishes to deepen their faith. It is however, the only honest answer. To me the extreme suffering of some and not others is intolerable and as a thinking, feeling being, it goes against my sense of justice and fairness. But it does not go against yours.

    • Jacqueline

      Hello, I’m so glad to see you came back. I didn’t mean to hurt or offend you last time but it seems I did. I am sorry, will you please forgive me. I am going to let some of the brothers that are more seasoned answer you. I am just so glad to see you back. Take Care. Sincerely from the bottom of my heart, Jacqueline

    • Peter K. (admin)

      Undecided – I appreciate your passion on this heart wrenching topic.  I hope you will find a satisfying answer if you take the time to listen to the recently posted talk, “A God Who Hides Himself.”  Space does not here permit an adequate response, but I will share some thoughts with you. 

      If you have read our articles on this topic and still find yourself unsatisfied, I will venture guess that you have experienced your own set of horrible tragedies in life and have perhaps concluded that Jehovah has no personal interest in you or love for you.  I believe He does love you very dearly. 

      The answer is found in looking at the big picture, by remembering that this life is very short (James 4:14), but that Jehovah will eternally “wipe away every tear… there shall be no more death, nor crying, nor sorrow…” (Rev 21:4).

      In the case of Job, consider that God blessed his latter days mote than the former. He had seven more sons and three more daughters. He lived 140 years and saw his children to four generations. So Job got double the children to enjoy forever on paradise earth. Also consider that the teaching of Job faith and compassion is so important since He will be among the most prominent future rulers on Paradise Earth.
      Job repented and learned the lesson where his character was flawed (Job 42:5-6).

      Undecided – Life’s suffering can seem unbearable at times. Look to God for strength, encouragement, comfort, wisdom and guidance. Make the best of the rest of your life, because on Paradise earth we won’t have these type of opportunities to grow in faith and compassion from our suffering.

      John 15:7, “If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

      Matthew 7:7-11 states, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

      Luke 11:13, “How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

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