Suffering: Is it fair that a loving God allows people to suffer at all? Part 3

This concludes the postings for the question, “Is it fair that a loving God allows people to
suffer at all?” in the larger series answering the question, “How can a loving God allow suffering?” Parts one and two were posted in the previous two days.

Echoing Questions

Is it fair that a loving God would allow people to suffer at all? Couldn’t He have created a world in which there was no pain? After, He did say after the sixth day of creation, “It was very good!” (Gen. 1:31). If the creature was made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26; 2:7), that is “God-like,” wouldn’t that mean there would be no suffering? And when a person trusts in Jesus Christ for salvation and he becomes a new creation, why does there have to be suffering (2 Cor. 5:17)? Continue reading

Suffering: Is it fair that a loving God allows people to suffer at all? Part 2

This is part two in answering the question, “Is it fair that a loving God allows people to
suffer at all?” in the larger series answering the question, “How can a loving God allow suffering?” Part three will be posted tomorrow.

What Should Our Response be to Horrific Types of Suffering?

Many families silently deal with these pressures. For example, what about those who were caught in the Nazi Holocaust? How should families deal with loved ones under a Hitler type of brutality? Elie Wiesel suffered gruesomely at Birkenau (also known as Auschwitz II) and recalled children consumed by the flames. He found it repulsive to worship a God who allowed such suffering, in fact a God who offended him, Continue reading

Suffering: Is it fair that a loving God allows people to suffer at all? Part 1

This is the first part answering the question, “Is it fair that a loving God allows people to suffer at all?” in the larger series dealing with the question, “How can a loving God allow suffering?” Parts 2 and 3 will be posted over the next two days.

Is it Fair?

Is it fair “at all” that creatures have to suffer? I remember as a child talking to my mother and she was having a particularly difficult time with her number two son (me!). I remember saying, “But mom, I didn’t ask to be born! How come I have to do all these chores? Other boys don’t have to do all I have to do!  It’s not fair!” Do you remember saying (or thinking) something like that? Wow! Rather than asking my mother, “Mom, I know I’m here on earth and there must be a purpose. How can I better understand the reason for doing chores and the pain of doing stuff I don’t want to do?” But, like most people, I was just a kid and was learning to grow up! Continue reading