Why is there Suffering in the World 2nd Reason
by Mai-Anh Le
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“Part IV (continued)”
September 3, 2005 †
"Why is there Suffering in the World" – 2nd Reason
The point is we would never be able to guess it all or see it all from where we stand. But God being timeless, He can see into all space and time for all the people of the world. Thus, from His eyes there exists a greater good that is worth our sacrifice. But we do not have fear, for God would never let any evil come to us that He is not prepared to see us through. If you believe in God, then chances are there are times that you have thought you wouldn’t make it out of some difficult situation, but yet you did and you were okay. That is because God was with you, and He would never place you where He knew you couldn’t handle things. Remember God knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows what we are capable of even before we do. God created us. However, anticipating the next counter argument, let us take one step back. After all, I wouldn’t want to write down some cliché statement or some idealistic fluff. That can sometimes come off sounding condescending or crass. Such an answer wouldn’t be very satisfying to someone who is having doubts about God’s roll in suffering or His general existence.
Some people might ask at this point: If God is all-powerful, why does He not just make the world perfect? He did it once, so He can do it again. Why doesn’t God just cutout the middle man and make His actions directly instead of depending on outcome of an evil act?
Again, we cannot really say what the answer is without some understanding of God’s overall purpose of creation. We start with what the Bible has taught us and that fact is God is love. He creates people so that He can share His love with them. Since love cannot be forced, He gives us choices as to how we respond to life. We have the freedom to accept His love or to reject it. Many examples fill the Scriptures as to why our freedom of choice is so important to our Father. Although He wants desperately for us to accept His love, and for us to love Him in return He will not compel us. If love is compelled then it or any acts that come from it lack sincerity from the heart. God will not force us. Not for love or for us to live honestly, fairly and peacefully with each other. These two elements are God’s greatest desire that is why He made them His first and second greatest commandments.
We are all in the process of developing and growing. Our world is in the process of developing and growing. The Hebrews believe that the days of creation are not even over. Their beliefs are that the Lord is still on His Sabbath, and that we all have been asked to be co-creators with God. Things outside of us are not really good or evil in themselves. We have come to know the difference between good and evil within us, and it is up to us to choose the blessings of life or its curses. God allows us to fail at times. He even allows us to fight against the very laws of His creation. But He will never take away our freedom of choice, or take away from us the responsibility of choice. There are many things of the world that are contrary to the will of God. Yet He tolerates them because it would be to damaging to human freedom to eliminate them. To make it impossible for evil and suffering to exist would at the same time make love and joy impossible. Thus, God wants what is better for us which is to allow us to grow into the person that we want to be. This is not a surprising act from any loving parent. Therefore, God allows suffering because the price to eliminate it is our free will. This is the greater good. Further more, He knows He can work His healing grace and blessings around the evil and suffering, leaving us in the end with a win-win and true bliss.
Thus, at this point we have completed our circle; we started out with one answer to explain why there is suffering in the world, and that was to enable a greater good to come. This greater good could be for us who suffered or it can be for someone we love. Or still, it can be for some recipient – be it an individual, a group, a country, or the entire human race – who exist at a different moment in our world’s time line. The Lord only wants what is best for us, the greater good. But in order to ensure that He must give and guard our freedom. For without our freedom of choice we cannot get back to God’s original desires for us – to be happy, to have always that which is better - - whether that is a better self, better world or the best of worlds, - - - to live our life to the fullest joy, and thus achieve eternal love, eternal joy, eternal life with God in the Eternal Kingdom.
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