Why does God allow Suffering and not stop it?
This is one of the first questions anyone asks when thinking if there is a God then why doesn't He fix everything broken, stop evil and end suffering? If God is perfect then He wouldn't allow it, right?
Most people are familiar with the basic premises of Christianity. In a very broad sweeping summary, Jesus Christ came to pay the price for man perdicament of seperation from God. Lucifer fell in a heavenly battle. Lucifer took ownership of the Earth from Adam. Adam had dominion given from God which Lucifer took from Adam. For scriptural references and detailed information click here.
If God is perfect as described in the Scriptures as being all powerfull, all knowing and perfect then how does God address the problem with stopping immediately the consequences of Adam and Eve sinning, along with the angelic rebellion? If God dealt with the situation at that very moment so that there would be no suffering, death and eternal seperation then there would be several points that prove that God is not what He says He is. By no means is the following points absolutely correct and exactly the reasons for how God is handling Lucifer, fallen Angels, mankind, the wrecked Universe (creation) and tainted Heavens. Note the Heavens existed before the Universe as God created what we know as the Universe in the past where the Angels watched and cheered during the creation (see Job 38:4-7). The following points are therefore some reasoning but are conjecture / therories where we know there are mysteries done at the Cross that are far more magnificient than we can even imagine.
The question that many may ask is how does an all powerful, omniscient, eternal God show pefect love, perfect mercy and perfect grace? The answer is given in Ephesians 2:7-10:
"7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
We will know in eternity that we did not deserve to be there except by the great sacrifice Jesus Christ did for us so we will always love Him for the gift given. Again in a very broad ranging summary, this is how God can show His perfection in love. We will spend eternity learning about God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Evil in the world
In Matthew 13:24-30 there is the "Parable of the Wheat and the Tares": "24 Another parable He (Jesus) put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
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