Suffering: Is it Sin that Causes God to Allow Suffering? Part 5

This is Part 5 of 5 parts answering the question, “Is it Sin that Causes God to Allow Suffering?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow Suffering?” 

What You Should Consider when You Suffer

This is a precursor to Part 4 [of the overall set of questions, this is Part 3 in that set of questions], but I want you to have some hope as we continue to answer “What is the Reason for Suffering?” What does suffering mean to you? Did you sin? What should you consider when you suffer?

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Suffering: Is it Sin that Causes God to Allow Suffering? Part 4

This is Part 4 of 5 parts answering the question, “Is it Sin that Causes God to Allow Suffering?” in the larger question of “Why does a loving God allow Suffering?” Part 5 will be posted tomorrow.

Suffering from Satan

There are separate chapters that will deal with the suffering that comes from Satan, but it needs to be addressed here also. The picture of suffering from Satan is clearly described in Job. In his section on Satan’s attacks on Job, Larry Waters explains,

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Suffering: Is it Sin that Causes God to Allow Suffering? Part 3

This is Part 3 of 5 parts answering the question, “Is it Sin that Causes God to Allow Suffering?” of the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” Parts 4-5 will be posted over the next two days.

Suffering Caused by Personal Sin

We often reap suffering because of foolish decisions. Examples are scattered throughout Proverbs. For instance, the lazy become hungry (13:4), those who choose evil friends suffer difficult consequences (1:10-19) and those who enjoy adultery are led to a deep pit of misery (2:16-20). Proverbs teaches that fools suffer harm (15:27), and poor financial stewards are found wanting, without God’s blessing (8:17-21).

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Suffering: Is it Sin that Causes God to Allow Suffering? Part 2

This is Part 2 of 5 parts answering the question, “Is it Sin that Causes God to Allow Suffering?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow Suffering?” Parts 3-5 will be posted in the next three days.

The Effects of Suffering Caused by Sin in the World

When Adam and Eve sinned there were irreversible effects on planet earth that will only be changed when the Lord returns. As God told Adam,

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Suffering: Is it Sin that Causes God to Allow Suffering? Part 1

This is Part 1 of 5 parts in the question, “Is it Sin that Causes God to Allow Suffering?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow Suffering?” Parts 2-5 will be posted in the following days.

Some people blame all suffering on sin – either our own sin, someone else’s sin against us, or because Adam’s original sin resulted in a fallen world. Is that belief founded in God’s Truth? Would there have been suffering in the Garden of Eden?

The answer? Suffering is related to sin, but it is also related to violations of natural law.  Let’s be more specific, so we can be clear on identifying its sources. Part of the anguish of suffering is ignorance of how it started, what it is, how long it will last, what the effects will be or how it will affect other areas of life. The lack of knowing can be gut-wrenching!

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Question: Why does a loving God allow suffering?

Why does a loving God allow suffering? I looked at one aspect of the question on an earlier post, “How can a loving God allow suffering?” which looked at one element of the question, namely, people don’t understand the character of God’s holiness and the offense of sin against holiness, which results in personal and corporate suffering. This article will focus on another aspect, Continue reading