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If God is real, why is there pain and suffering in the world?

Updated on February 17, 2009

Food for thought


Question: If there is a God, and He is all powerful, why then is there so much pain and suffering in the world?


Lets start with the structure of the question first. What it should ask is, if God is real, why doesn’t He clean up the mess that we have made? Or are we not accountable for our actions? Why then is it God’s fault when bad things happen as a result of our decision as a people not to follow God’s laws? Then the counterpart to this question usually becomes why do good people have to suffer to? My response to that is simply this. If you can show me one person who can be called righteous according to God’s laws first of all, then prove that he is in pain and suffering, Then I will be open to hear any arguments. Bad things happen to us because we are like rebellious little children who refuse to follow God’s divine plan for our lives. So to answer the question as directly as possible. There is pain and suffering in the world because we put it there. We strayed from God and chose our own paths, and pain and suffering are just the consequences. If I go out and get drunk and crash my car into your family, will you blame me, or is it Gods fault? If I put my faith in my government, and allow them to vaccinate my children, and they become sick and die, can I then blame God? If our leaders decide to go to war for political gain, is God accountable for the millions of young men and women they sacrifice to their gods of money, power, and greed? You get the point. It’s time we own up to being sinners, and except the fact that we brought this on our selves. The good news is God still loves you and has given you another chance through Christ if you are willing to except it.

DISCLAIMER: These are only my thoughts, and opinions.


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      DavePrice 7 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      I agree with everything you say, but I wonder if it isn't a little heavy-handed. It seems that the church is always ready to slam the blame on sin without providing the grace and love to alleviate the sin. It doesn't take a Christian to point out what is wrong with the world, but it does take a Christian acting in love to point the way to the solution.

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      Alan 7 years ago

      What about newborns dying in natural disasters?

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      Dann 8 years ago

      how about innocent poor people suffering? is it their choice to be born poor and got nothing to eat?

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      JimLow 8 years ago

      Straight to the point and very well put!

      Mankind suffers from their own actions (including the innocent not directly responsible), starting with Adam who stepped outside of God's will in disobedience and whataya know, what he warned would happen did happen!

      Thanks for the Hub!

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      TimeHealsAll 8 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      This world is full of sin and we can easily be drawn into it. This is a well known fact. The truth is "It is by choice that we fall into it" and let it control our lives and be consumed by it. We need to realize it is harmful and destructive to our well being. We are doing things "our way" and not "God's Way". We need to surrender our lives to God and realize that he can and will lift us up and out of any situation we are facing. There will be trials but its how we face them that matters most. With God we can overcome and be set free from bondage.

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      Jesus_saves_us_7 9 years ago from Seeking Salvation


      Thanks I appreciate your comment, Glad you liked this.

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      Helena 9 years ago

      Nice Hub! I love how you get right to the point...the world needs more people like you.