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2016-11-16 00:46:59
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Everything happends for a reason. God did not put you in that place you did you have chosen a path that will lead you some where. If your some one that is suffering or dying don't blame God for it. If it wornt for him none of us would be here. Remember everything happends for a reason. You don't know if your suffering to save a much younger life then yours or helping them to not be harmed. For example in my family when ever a child is born a older family member dies I think they gave there lives for the ones that are born. Dont have a fit because you don't want it to happend. Dont be afriad to die. Just go with the flow. God will probly has something in store for you.

p.s These answers are opinions no one is sure they might say they are but there not not even my answers its an opinion so why do you think god allows suffering? Do you think he even does allow it? You wont find out until he day of your death and meet him will if you do meet him or if he like talks to you or something. God doesnt allow suffering he gives everyone choices. you may not have chosen it for yourself but others did it for you. god loves everyone and no matter what situation your in he will help you out. it just may not be the way you want it to.

God allows suffering for the same reason that Santa Clause does not deliver presents to poor and sick children whose parents cannot afford to buy them any. Perhaps God does not have the latest in communication technology so he does not know that there is suffering until his appointed religious leaders whisper it to him secretly. Perhaps Satan may also be jamming his satellite signal so he can't get the news as to what is happening to his obedient slaves on earth.

Is it not curious how God is never around when good, honest and righteous people call for his help in terrifying situations? He hides from every one except the crooked charlatans trying to exploit gullible simpletons. The Internet is doing a better job than him. Doctors and scientists are adding more value to society than he and his cult of religious bigots.

Human suffering is alleviated by the hard work of caring, compassionate, righteous and dedicated individuals. Suffering is not God's doing...suffering is caused by the selfishness of man....if everyone on earth shared everything insteadof looking for personal gain then the world would be better, think of the factors of suffering for one second: war-man made and caused by man, poverty-man's greed and lust for self indulgence-(Y are so many obese people in the world???NT fat but obese, n their are people who have little or nothing, overcrowding- man made and controlled by man, why NT reduce the amount of children people are allowed?? honestly ignorance just reeks from some people. if u belive it then god made the world and god made man, and god lets man govern it....so man messes up god's creation; we have only ourselves to blame.

The way people interpret holy scripts like The Bible are different and sometimes in my opinion ignorant and wrong. yes there are extremists in the world, yes they destroy n god shall do justice upon them in this life or the next.

Next, are the raw teachings of the bible or 10 commandments not the basic principles that man should live by anyway?? and don't ignore our normal laws we live by today derive from or are in full the laws from those scripts??

Sometimes a person asking the question "Why?" seeks comfort as well as answers, for when the questions springs from severe loss, there is a great need for solace. Does the Bible offer such comfort? Consider three important Biblical truths related to this matter.

First, it is not wrong to ask why God allows suffering. Some people worry that posing such a question implies a lack of faith in God or disrespect for him. On the contrary, if you ask this question out of a sincere heart, you are in good company. The faithful prophet Habakkuk asked God: "Why do you make me watch such terrible injustice? Why do you allow violence, lawlessness, crime and cruelty to spread everywhere?" (Habakkuk1:3) God did not rebuke Habakkuk. Instead, he had that faithful man's questions recorded for all of us to read. Romans 15:4

Second, it is important to understand that God feels for you and your plight. He is not aloof and mysterious; he is "a lover of justice," and he detests wickedness and the suffering it causes. (Psalm 37:28; Proverbs 6:16-19) Back in the days of Noah, God felt "hurt at his heart" because of the violence spreading in the earth. (Genesis 6:5, 6) God has not changed. He does not feel differently about what is occurring today. Malachi 3:6

Third, God is never the source of wickedness. The Bible makes this quite clear. Those who attribute such things as murder and terrorism to God are maligning him. Note what Job 34:10 says: "Far be it from the true God to act wickedly, and the almighty to act unjustly!" Similarly, James 1:13 states: "When under trial. let no one say: 'I am being tried by God' For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone." So if you have suffered evil, rest assured that God is not the cause.

1 John 5:19 states: "The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one". Who is the wicked one? Jesus Christ identified him as Satan the Devil, whom he called "the ruler of the world." (John 14:30) Now, does that not make sense?

Satan is cruel, deceptive, and hateful, traits that underlie much of the suffering that people experience.

God will not allow Satan and his acts of wickedness to go on indefinitely. He will soon bring an end to Satan and all the wickedness that we experience today, by means of his Kingdom. (Psalms 37:9-11; Revelation 20:1-3) So if you have sincerely cried out, "Why?" to God, listen to him by taking to heart the Bible's message of comfort and hope. Even now, your tears of sorrow can become tears of joy. (Matthew 5:4; Revelation 21:3, 4)

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In 1991, Time magazine published a cover story on this subject. The author, Lance Morrow stated three propositions:

  • God is all-powerful
  • God is all-good
  • Terrible things happen

Morrow said that you could agree with any two of these propositions, but not all three.
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Consider the two following quotes, which seem to clash. One is Isaiah 45:7, which clearly states that God "creates evil." The second is Lamentations 3:38, which says "from the mouth of the Most High, evil...did not result."

The answer to the contradiction may be seen in a third verse, Proverbs 19:3, which says "the foolishness of a man corrupts his way, yet his anger is directed against God." Meaning, that while some evil is undoubtedly created by God (such as the death of an infant), a lot of evil is the result of humans' choices. God has given us the gift of free-will (Deuteronomy 30:15-20); and without the possibility of bad results, free-will would be vitiated.


Entire books (such as Job) have long ago been written about the existence of suffering. Suffice it to say that Judaism sees the existence of evil as a test, and/or the result of our own (humans') bad choices, and/or a warning (such as pain, which shows you what part of your body needs repair) or a message (Genesis 42:22), and/or mere misinterpretation (such as the bee's sting, which to a child is unmitigated evil but which adults recognize as a protection for that insect which pollinates all fruit-bearing trees).


In any case, this life was never meant to be a walk in the park. People are meant to invest hard effort in this world (see Job 5:7), and suffering is a factor which should assist us in gaining understanding.

Suffering teaches us:

  • our mistakes (Genesis 42:22)
  • to repent
  • that we are not all-powerful or in control
  • that this life is not meant to be uninterrupted pleasure
  • to have sympathy for sufferers (Exodus 23:9)
  • humility; maturity; acceptance; fortitude.

Also, when viewed in the context of the afterlife, when worthy people who suffered may be recompensed and the prosperous wicked will have the opposite, the apparent injustices of this world become easier to understand.

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Philoshers have argued this for years. There are several potential reasons (aside from the probable answer that there is no god):

  • God has no clue that people are suffering so he's not all knowing.
  • he does unow but can't do anything about it so he's not all powerful
  • He does know, can do something but decides so doesn't care
  • He does know, can do something about it but decides just wo watch ignoring his responsibility, so he's a jerk
Then again if he's like the Greek gods he gets pleasure fro "stirring up the ant hill" for his amusement.
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