Why does God allow suffering? (in just one minute)
The problem of suffering is a very common reason why many atheists don’t believe in a god. Here is a quick answer to this objection.
This often personal question has puzzled philosophers for centuries. The answer is multifaceted.
– First, not all suffering is bad. Suffering can be disciplinary or can build our character – we can be stronger after suffering.
– Sometimes we deserve suffering. We deserve it if we do something silly like put our hand in a fire. God gives us freedom to make mistakes.
Yet some suffering seems inexplicable, undeserved or disproportionate. Here the Old Testament book of Job helps. Job knew suffering yet the book says that sometimes the reasons for our pain are beyond our understanding.
Yet amidst our suffering – there is hope – because God himself suffered. Jesus suffered and died on a cross and his suffering gives hope that one day there’ll be no more tears or pain.
We don’t always know why God allows suffering, but we do know, one day it will end.