Richard Mark Lee

Pain & Suffering #ExploreGod

One of the first questions people have when they Explore God is - What about pain and suffering?

Is there meaning behind pain and suffering?

If there is a God, why does he not stop it all?

Is God even there?

The first things that come into question are God's power, God's knowledge, and/or his love. Which is the first to go? Do they all go?

This is a universal question. In other words, all people at all times have thought about this. When we step back and think about this question, we must think along these lines:

In order to consider something “evil” (or even bad or unnecessary), one presupposes a moral standard by which those things or experiences are deemed “evil.” In fact, evil is only such when compared to something not evil.

But if human experience is entirely random, then “good” and “bad” things are just the way things are—we cannot attribute moral weight to anything we experience. Without an Arbiter of Goodness, theists argue, there is no such thing as a “bad” experience.

While we can't fully get into every aspect of this question here, I'd point you HERE. It is a helpful article to get us thinking through this question. At the end of the day, we all have to ask ourselves: What will we choose to do with our pain - wallow in hopeless despair? Or trust in an all-powerful, good God?

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