Suffering: What are man’s ways of overcoming the suffering that God allows? Part 5

This is Part 5/5 in answering the question, “What are man’s ways of overcoming the suffering that God allows?” in the larger question, “How can a loving God allow suffering?”

Expressions of How Man’s Desires to Overcome Suffering

Considering these categories of how men seek to overcome suffering, let’s note several specific ways man attempts to overcome his suffering apart from God. Continue reading

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Suffering: What are man’s ways of overcoming the suffering that God allows? Part 4

This is Part 4/5 in answering the question, “What are man’s ways of overcoming the suffering that God allows?” in the larger question, “How can a loving God allow suffering?” Part 5 will be posted tomorrow.

Overcoming Suffering by indifference toward God

When Adam stood by Eve, during her conversation with the serpent, he was passively indifferent toward his responsibility of protecting her (Gen. 2:21; his arm protects the rib). He knew God’s command (1 Tim. 2:14), had a fear of the Lord (Gen. 3:8), yet chose to not act to protect his wife (Gen. 3:17). In other words, his circumstances were more real and more important than his relationship with God. He did not make it his aim to please the Lord (2 Cor. 5:9). Whatever the motivations, he chose to stand by rather than be responsible. The same is true for how many seek to overcome in suffering. Often, those who suffer ignore or are indifferent to God’s ways of victory in suffering. Continue reading

Suffering: What are man’s ways of overcoming the suffering that God allows? Part 3

This is Part 3/5 answering the question, “What are man’s way of overcoming the suffering that God allows?” in the larger project and question, “How can a loving God allow suffering?” Parts 4-5 will be posted over the next two days.

Overcoming Suffering by Independence from God

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Suffering: What are man’s ways of overcoming the suffering that God allows? Part 2

This is Part 2 of a 5 part series answering the question, “What are man’s way of dealing with the suffering that God allows?” in the larger project answering the question, “How can a loving God allow suffering?” Parts 3-5 will be posted over the next three days.

Dealing with Suffering by Rebellion against God

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Suffering: What are man’s ways of overcoming the suffering that God allows? Part 1

This is Part 1/5 answering the question, “What are man’s way of overcoming the suffering that God allows?” in the larger project answering the question, “How can a loving God allow suffering?” Parts 2-5 will be posted in succeeding days.

In the previous chapter we looked at man’s way of dealing with the suffering that God allows, and noted that in all things there is a difference between man’s way and God’s way! There are some intelligent souls who think they have good ideas on how to deal with pain. However, like the manufacturer of an automobile, God is the Creator of the creature (man). He is the best One to consult on how man ought to think, speak and act! Hence, even in suffering, we should go to the Word of God to find solutions, but most do not. What are man’s ways of overcoming the suffering that Gods allows? What are the solutions that man sees as legitimate answers in dealing with suffering? Let’s note three major ways man seeks to overcome suffering. Continue reading