Explore God: Why Does God Allow Pain And Suffering? – September 28, 2015

2 Corinthians 4:17, For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

Romans 8:28, And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

The past few weeks, I have been preaching a series entitled “Explore God.” The series asks and answers seven of life’s most difficult questions. Yesterday, I answered this question, “Why Does God Allow Pain And Suffering?” Let’s be honest, that is a tough question, perhaps the toughest of all. So, “Why Does God Allow Pain And Suffering?”

Your parents probably said no to you on many occasions; for example, “No, don’t touch the stove; it’s hot!”   Unless you were the perfect child, you probably disobeyed them a couple of times. Perhaps you put your hand on the stove, though you’d been warned it was hot, finding to your stubborn surprise that they were right, and you got burned.  They were not mean parents trying to spoil your fun. They were not evil parents, leaving the burner on purposefully to cause you pain. They were not even powerless parents, unable to keep you away from the hot stove, and they did not cease to exist because you got burned. Pain, suffering, and evil in the world does not cancel out God’s power, love and existence. The Bible says, “Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

Think about it…and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D