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Monday, March 24, 2014

Why, God, Why? (Study)

why God allows evil and suffering, God is 100% good
  • A child is molested and the perpetrator never found. 
  • A retired couple lose their life's savings to a scam artist. 
  • A gang member murders and goes free on a technicality. 
Where is God? Why do the bad guys sometimes win? 

When things don't make sense, some people foolishly blame God. 

When I'm tempted to do this, I remember this: 

Man, not God, brought suffering into the world (Genesis 1-3). God created a perfect world but mankind's sins damaged it. Our present world is the best possible world for restoring mankind to God, but it's not the best possible world.

God gave us free choice, and freedom allows people to make bad as well as good choices. As C.S. Lewis wrote: God "thought freedom worth creating even at that price." 

Our finite minds can't comprehend why God doesn't stop evil and suffering, but we can trust this fact: God knows what He's doing because he's 100% good and loving. 

More thoughts on injustice and suffering on Bible Love Notes
Have I Served God in Vain?
The Big Picture
Accepting Comfort
Need to Know Only

Bible Study 

Ponder these Scripture passages. How do they speak to your unanswered questions about suffering and evil?

Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the LORD. 9“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." 

1 Corinthians 13:12: For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 

2 Corinthians 1:3-5: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

copyright 2013, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted

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