It’s like a way to blame God for all that is happening all around the world. To have an excuse to not believe, or to disobey.
I recently read someone’s conversation in the internet about this topic and that inspired me to write this.
If you want to mix God’s love and suffering. First you have to ask yourself “why is there suffering?”
Why is there suffering in the world?
Because sin ruined a perfect creation.
Sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4). When we break God’s law, we turn our backs to Him. When Adam and Eve sinned they threw away their perfection and embraced imperfection. Our relationship with the creator was damaged; and we were separated from Him (Isaiah 59:2).
The law reflects the character of God; therefore if you act against the law you act against God Himself.
The law of God is1: eternal, good, just, righteous, pure, perfect, truth, peace, honorable, blessed, and holy.
God is2: eternal, good, just, righteous, pure, perfect, truth, peace, honorable, blessed, and holy.
When humanity welcomed sin, our perfect nature was stained with everything that is contrary to God:
Lawleness (1 John 3:4), death (Romans 6:23), unrighteousness, uncleanness, dishonor, egocentrism, vile affections (Romans 1:24-27), evil, pride, arrogance (Proverbs 8:13), deceitful lusts, greediness (Ephesians 4:19), lies, murder, mischief, discord (Proverbs 6:16-19), covet, revile, drunkenness, extortion, (1 Corinthians 6:9-10), sicknesses (1 Corinthians 11:30), pain (Genesis 3:16), wars (Luke 21:10), treachery, uncontrol, disobedience, unholiness (2 Timothy 3:2-5)ect.
We weren’t the only ones affected, animals changed their diets (Genesis 1:29-30), and they got violent. Even nature is suffering the consequences of sin (Genesis 3:17,Romans 8:22). We can see this in all the earthquakes, storms and all the natural catastrophes.
Why create a damaged world?
We were perfect and had a perfect world at the beginning, no pain, no death, no suffering, and no sin. (Genesis 1:31). But then Satan tempted Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:6-7). They had a choice, and they chose to disobey God. Like Satan, they also wanted to be 'like gods' (Genesis 3:5), 'like the most high' (Isaiah 14:14), they welcomed greed into their hearts and that perfect world was corroded with sin. Everything unholy, impure, and ungodly came with sin.
“...In pain you shall bring forth children...” ~ Genesis 3:16
“Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it” ~ Genesis 3:17
“...Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him” ~ Genesis 4:8
“For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” ~ Genesis 3:19
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” ~ Romans 5:12
All this happened because they strayed from God’s path. He respected their decision and didn’t force them to obey His will, because Adam and Eve had the right to think for themselves, and act as they saw fit. God had gifted them with free will; they could choose to live as God wanted them to live or as they thought it was better.
As their descendants, we also inherited their imperfect genes and sinful nature. We now live in a world that’s crumbling with the repercussions of sin. It gets worse every day; a decaying earth and a decaying humanity. Sin is like a disease that corrodes everything perfect.
Who ate the fruit? Who welcomed sin? Who continues to sin now?
We can’t blame God for something He didn’t do.
God created the tree, and He created Satan, doesn’t that makes Him the creator of sin?
God hates sin (Proverbs 6:16-19). It is opposite to His holy nature. (1 Peter 1:16). Thus He cannot create something that goes against His very nature.
The tree wasn’t sin. It was a simple tree that produced normal fruit, just like any other tree.
Satan wasn’t sin. He was just another angel in heaven, with a high rank. A cherub. (Ezekiel 28:14-15)
There wasn’t anything sinful neither in the tree nor in Satan. In fact, they were perfect. But when Adam and Eve ate the fruit, they chose sin. When Satan rebelled against God, he chose sin.
God didn’t force them to disobey. It was their choice and they acted on it.
Why did God put the tree there?
The tree didn’t mean anything. But when God told them not to eat from it (Genesis 2:16-17), having the tree in the Garden of Eden gave them options: to follow or disobey God’s instruction.
It was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because eating from it meant disobeying God, and that act brought knowledge of sin. When Adam and Eve ate from the tree, they knew they had done something bad, and when God went to the garden to be with them like He always did they ran to hide themselves (Genesis 3:8-10).
For the first time in their lives they felt gilt, shame, and were scared, they had the knowledge of sin, because they chose to disobey.
Why He is letting us suffer for so long? If He has the power to stop all this suffering, why doesn’t He?
“the Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” ~2 Peter 3:9
He is not ‘letting us suffer’, we are the ones who take our time to seek repentance and willingly go to Him. God is always there, we are the ones that stray. Thankfully He is patient enough to wait for us (Romans 15:5, 2 Peter 3:15).
Suffering is just the result of the choice of walking away from God, the choice of disobedience. It is not a punishment; it’s just the natural fruit of sin. Every action has a reaction; we are now living the “reaction” of the “action” of sinning.
But God promised to put an end to this. We don’t deserve any of His mercy, yet He made the salvation/redemption plan, a plan that was made before the creation of earth, a plan that included the death of His own son, so we could once again have the hope of an eternal life without sin.
He will make an utter end of sin (Nahum 1:9).
Jesus already defeated the eternal consequences sin brought. (2 Timothy 1:10). He reconciled us unto Him (John 1:12) to mend the damage sin did to our relationship with Him. He promised us that He will come back for us, we will be transformed (1 corinthians 15:51), restituted to the original and sinless state of perfection in which we were created and we will live with Him. We just have to accept the gift of salvation.
“In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. ~ John 14:2-3
He doesn’t care about us, He has abandoned us.
What humanity did for Him:
Betrayal: “...So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver” (Matthew 26:15)
Negation: “...Woman, I do not know Him.” (Luke 22:56-57)
Abandon: “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas” (Luke 23:18)
Death: “Crucify Him!” (mark 15:13)
What He did for us:
"who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed." ~ 1 Peter 2:24
"..."Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" ~John 1:29
He didn’t abandon us. He put in place a plan to clean us of our sins, to reconcile our relationship with Him (Romans 5:10). He defeated death to give us the hope of eternal life (2 Timothy 1:10). He gives us strength every day to get through our lives (Psalm 28:7), He encourage us to cast our worries to Him (1 Peter 5:7). He promised to be with us always (Matthew 28:20).
We may not always feel that He’s there with us, because sometimes the problems of this world can blind us, we can feel so suffocated that we forget we are not alone. We also forget and are blinded to the little miracles happening around us.
Do not give into despair.
“...for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” ~ Hebrews 13:5-6
God gives us peace (Romans 5:1). But this peace is not like the ‘world’s peace’ (John 14:27). To this world peace is a life with no problems, no wars, and no discord; a temporary peace. The peace God promises us is much more, it surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). It’s an eternal peace, a peace that will remain in your heart regardless of the situation you’re in. If you accept God’s peace, you will still live in a crumbling world, chaos and despair will be all around you, but you will not be moved, you will still have peace, because you know God is with you.
The best part is that we have a home in heaven (John 14:1-3). And when the time comes God will come to get those who are saved, the ones that have their names written on the book of life.
That glorious day we will be transformed, sin will be completely eradicated from our bodies, from our nature. We will be changed from corruptible to incorruptible, from mortal to immortal; death will be swallowed up in victory (1 Corinthians 15:52-54). God will also purify the earth with holy fire (2 Peter 3:10, Revelation 20:9).
There will be no more sin, no more suffering; and affliction shall not rise up the second time (Nahum 1:9).
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” ~ Revelation 21:4
1) The law of God is:
eternal (psalms 111:7-8, luke 16:17), good (romans 7:12, 16, 1 timothy 1:8), spiritual (romans 7:14), just (romans 7:12), righteous (romans 9:31, psalms 119:172), pure (psalms 19:7-8), perfect (james 1:25, psalms 19:7), love (romans 13:8-10, galatians 5:14), light (Proverbs 6:23), great (hosea 8:12), truth (psalms 119:142, 151), faithful (psalms 119:86), true (nehemiah 9:13), peace (psalms 119:165), honourable (isaiah 42:21), wonderful (psalms 119:18), the way (psalms 119:30-32), sure (psalms 19:7, 111:7), wise (psalms 119:98, psalms 19:7), enlightenment (psalms 19:8), blessed (revelation 22:14, exodus 20:11), happiness (proverbs 29:18), merciful (matthew 23:23, nehemiah 1:5), delight (psalms 1:2), liberty (james 1:25, psalms 119:45), knowledge (romans 3:20), hope (psalms 119:43), our meditation (psalms 1:2), unchanging (matthew 5:18, psalms 111:7-8), and holy (romans 7:12).
2) God’s character is:
eternal (Romans 16:26, Deuteronomy 33:27), good (Nahum 1:7, Luke 18:19), spiritual (John 4:24), just (Isaiah 45:21, Romans 3:26), righteous (Psalms 145:17, Jeremiah 23:6), pure (1 John 3:3, Job 4:17), perfect (Matthew 5:48), love (1 John 4:8, 1 john 4:16), light (1 john 1:5), great (psalms 48:1), truth (deuteronomy 32:4, john 14:6), faithful (1 corinthians 1:9, 2 thessalonians 3:3), true (john 3:33, 1 john 5:20), peace (romans 15:33, hebrews 13:20), honourable (isaiah 58:13), wonderful (isaiah 9:6), the way (john 14:6), sure (2 timothy 2:19), wise (daniel 2:20, job 36:5, jude 1:25), enlightenment (psalms 18:28), blessed (1 timothy 1:11, psalms 28:6), happiness (psalms 146:5), merciful (2 corinthians 1:3, exodus 34:6), delight (psalms 37:4), liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17), knowledge (isaiah 11:2), hope (psalms 71:5, Romans 15:13), our meditation (psalms 63:6) unchanging (malachi 3:6, hebrews 13:8) and holy (1 peter 1:15, psalms 99:9)