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Why Suffering In This World

Why is there suffering in the world?

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 ---morchel on 10/17/06
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Because God has given us freewill. Sadly alot of times we use that freewill to hurt other people. We live in a world that basically chooses to ignore God, refuses to ask for His help, yet are very quick to blame Him when things go wrong. Giving your life over to Jesus, will not stop the suffering, but at least He will carry the burdens for you, and give you peace that passes all understanding.
---bethie on 5/12/08

there is suffering in the world because man causes suffering through their selfishness, greed, and a number of other sins. If people lived for God and loved their neighbor then alot of suffering would not happen. (not all suffering because we still sin) take Huricane Katrina alot of suffering, but if people would have fixed the levies to handle a hurricane of that magnitude then they would have prevented alot of suffering (but the local gov't decided to spend the money else where)
---Jared on 11/13/06

cancer is sufferning, but cancer is caused by injesting too much poison. this is either intentionally or passivly. Passively because chemicals are used that have not been properly tested. and intentaionally because we drink smoke and chew and date those who do. ( I don't want to sound uncarring but most suffering is human caused and could be prevented) Suffering will not be eradicated though because we all sin and continue to sin because we are human.
---Jared on 11/13/06

Do not despise suffering and do not underestimate its power.

"People who voluntarily undergo a course of suffering raise themselves and the whole of humanity." ~Gandhi

---Reiter on 11/13/06

The darkness of trials & the struggles in life lead us to the light of victory in Christ thru the overcoming power of faith in His atonement. The suffering in the world stirs compassion, generosity, empathy & love within us & reminds us of our finiteness & fallibility. Our need to humble ourselves under the power of our creator. Suffering offers us as follower of Christ an opportunity to generously share His blessings with the less fortunate, to build treasures in heaven & experience the joy of giving.
---Josef on 10/27/06

Jess, I agree with you about the government being sinful, but think in addition to that we as individuals have a responsibility for others. People in the USA, for instance, overall have so much, and if more would give of themselves and what God has given them soooo much could be done. God has the resources so there's no excuse for people starving in the world. It's due to selfishness of those of us that have.
---Christina on 10/19/06

Sin is the entirety of the reason.


Where there is no sin Satan has no claim.
---Pharisee on 10/18/06

There is suffering in this world because of sin. Man, due to Adam's fall, has inherited the sin nature and is born with it. Man is born in sin and apart from God. Without God, there is nothing but misery. It is only when a person turns to Christ for salvation that things turn around for the good. Without Christ you have nothing.
---Helen_5378 on 10/18/06

I believe there is sin in the world because of the fall of man and our own free will. People CHOOSE to sin and that affects the world negatively. For example, in Africa, there are children starving. Why? Because the Government is sinful and taking the food from the poor.
If we didn't have the choice to choose good over evil, then we would all be puppets doing what God wants. I don't think we would want that, and I certainly know God wouldn't want us to be forced into loving and obeying him.
---jess on 10/18/06

Donna, yes, Satan causes much suffering. however satan existed prior to the fall when Adam and Eve walked with God and all was right. They had perfect fellowship with God. By one man sin entered, and then Came the curse.
---Christina on 10/18/06

Donna, As for Job, that's a good question.I wish to understand this better.

Job 42:5-6: "5 My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.

6 Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes."

Job recognized a need to repent even though he was blameless and upright...he was born with the sin nature we all have. Even his deeds were not sufficient when compared to God's glory.
---Christina on 10/18/06

If there is suffering because of sin, what about Job? He was righteous in God's eyes and his family & flocks were killed and he wasn't in sin.
Maybe it's not sin, maybe it's because satan is the prince of the power of the air and he roams about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
---Donna9759 on 10/17/06

greetings,in the world there is imperfection.through this imperfection man will be given the time to display to his Father his loyalty.does mortal man automatically trust his children without at first them proving that they can be trusted to carry his divine work to the next level?so shall the Father in paradise require us to do the Father like son to his son.
---earl on 10/17/06

There is suffering for one simple reason, and that is sin. It all began with the fall in the garden of Eden
---Christina on 10/17/06

Sin is the entirety of the reason.
Suffering was first illustrated in the fall of man when God made it so the man would have to work the land for his provision.

At this time also sickness and death entered our world, God never intended these things for his people.

The good news is nothing here will last forever, and Jesus is coming back to restore all that was lost.
---Pharisee on 10/17/06

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