A good God allows suffering. Why?
Goodness is not equivalent to kindness, for –
1. If goodness meant only kindness, a God who tolerated pain in his creatures when he could abolish it would not be an all-good God.”
2. Because his nature is perfectly good and just. However, God cannot tolerate sin. Having sinned and turned away from God, we are subject to his divine wrath. And since our souls are alienated from God, our bodies, too, are alienated and no longer under his protection. God gave humankind authority over nature (Gen 1:28), but when humanity rejected God’s authority, we rejected the authority he gives to us: “If you rebel against the king, his ministers will no longer serve you.”
3. Therefore we suffer both physical evil from the natural world (disease, famine, earthquakes) as well as moral evil from the sins we commit (hatred, envy, deceit).
Not only that, God allows suffering to be inflicted on the righteous. Why?
We cannot always equate suffering with wrongdoing, as Job’s friends were too quick to do.
When Jesus’ disciples asked why the man he healed was born blind, he replied, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him” (Jn 9:3).
Suffering ultimately reveals to us God’s sovereign power.
Through suffering, our faith in God grows, as we come to realize our limitations and learn to turn, instead, to him.
God allows suffering for our own good, so that in the end, “the genuineness of [our] faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet 1:7)
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