Friday, July 11, 2014

My two cents worth on why there is suffering


The eternal question.  The question most asked in all of time.

We start asking it when we're small and some leave this world with this one syllable word still on their lips.


Why is there suffering?  Why is there pain?  Why is there evil?  Why?  Why?  Why?

The simple answer, the answer that comes from the Holy Bible, is this:

Sin.  Missing the mark sin.  Never quite good enough sin.

Sin in the world.  Sin in our hearts.  Sin in our bodies.  Sin in our souls.

That's the simple cut and dried answer.

But it's the hardest answer to come to grips with, isn't it?  Because if I accept that as the answer, than I have to accept that the world is flawed, I am flawed, my heart is flawed, my body is flawed, my soul is flawed.

And if I am flawed, than the rest of the world and their bodies and hearts and souls are flawed too.

If I accept that there is sin and sin has tainted everything and everyone than I have to accept that there is no remedy to be found from sin-filled people and sin-filled environments that can fix or answer the reasons to the eternal question of why and the consequences of living in a sin-filled world.

And if I accept that there is no remedy in and through sin-filled selves, then I have to wonder, what is the remedy?  Who can fix the problem?  Who can answer why?

And if I am looking for someone outside of my sin-filled self and the other sin-filled souls around me and see no other who can fix this problem with my seeking, searching eyes than where is the next place to look?

Without the one book that has survived thousands of years, through countless attacks on its pages and truths and author, where else is there to go?

Seriously, where else can you find the answer to your whys?

Does Buddha give you the reasons for dementia, for infant death, for tragedy, for natural disaster?  Do the Hindu gods give you the peace that passes all understanding in the face of bankruptcy and ruin and relationships that fail?  Does Kabbalah give you anyone but your sin-filled self to turn to to make sense of your pain-filled, empty life?

Bad things happen to sin-filled people.  Not just "good" people, not just "bad" people.  Bad things happen to people tainted with sin because sin is in this world.

A perfect world, with perfect people, with no disease, no suffering, no tragedy is not going to exist in the world in which we all live and move and have our being.  It can't.  It won't.  Ever.  Ever.  Never.

But a perfect world is waiting.  A perfect world is being prepared for those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the world.  Who sacrificed not only His physical life for the whole entire world from beginning to end, but He lived the perfect life none of us will ever be able to live on our own.  Ever.

Why is there suffering?

My best guess after the simple answer of sin is this:

Because life without Christ for eternity is so much worse than anything we will ever have to face here on earth.  As bad as life can be and is here, what is waiting for those who reject is eternal suffering.  Eternal pain. Eternal despair.  It will NEVER end.  There will never again be the hope that tomorrow things will be better.


Life on earth, it will end.  There will be reward waiting for those who believe.  For those who have fought the good fight.  For those who have received Christ as their Savior.  The suffering will end.  The perfect life will be theirs.

So my question to you who reject Christ and blame a God you reject for the tragedies that have befallen in your life and the world is this:

Are you sure?  Are you sure this is the stand you want to take?

Are you sure you are better off without an invisible God who, in one book and one book only tells the truth about you and the truth about Him?

Are you sure?

Are you willing to take the risk that you are better off facing this sin-filled place and inevitable death alone than dipping your toe, just the tip of your toenail, in the waters of His free forgiveness and mercy and peace?

Either His story is a complete and utter lie or.... it's true.  Every word, true.

What if it's true?

God's love for you is so strong and never-ending and never-failing and perfect for you that to let you suffer here on earth a little while is so much better than having to let you go and suffer for eternity when you reject Him.  It breaks His heart to let you go, but He will let you go if that's what you really want.

That's why.

He has made the way for sin-filled people living in a sin-filled world to live freely, with joy, in the face of suffering.

His love for people is why, in my opinion, this tragic world keeps turning.  For those who believe, eternal peace is waiting.  For those who reject, eternal suffering.

He does not want you to suffer for eternity.

He allows you to suffer now so that you will not suffer in eternity.

He's made the way for you.

What if it's true?

I love you, Friends, but God, who holds the answers to why, loves you so much more.


1 John 1:8-10 -  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

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