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Suffering allowed

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scenario Scenarios

  • Why does God allow suffering?

oneliner One-liners

  • Good question – where does it come from?

body In-brief

  • Four truths on suffering:

    1. This world is not right
    2. We are not innocent
    3. God is not indifferent
    4. This life is not ultimate

    (Matt Smethhurst)

    So it's not a simple answer and our default reaction is often 'Why me?' We suddenly blame the God we've maybe ignored and have been scant in thanking for the good things.  However we can remember that God's love is not affected by our short-sightedness bought on by our pain.

    When we start to process it we might recognise the 4 different aspects mentioned above. We will see God at work if we look. We will know that the end is not the end.

shield Shield verses

  • And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Pet 5:10
  • Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Rom 8:35

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Stream: Christianity / Section: Suffering