Why does God Allow People to Suffer?
The question of why God allows people to suffer is an age-old question for those who believe in him. Why does He put his followers through tests of faith and continue to let them suffer with what seems of no relief in sight? The Bible tells us in Revelations 21:4 that there is coming a time when sorrow, tears, pain, and death will pass away. There will be this day when God will wipe away all tears from the eyes of His children, and their sorrow will end forever. However, at the present time, humans must face the undeniable fact that people do suffer. It’s a fact of life. Sickness, sorrow and suffering are in all walks of life. At this very moment a person can probably think of a handful of others who are suffering greatly. It just doesn’t seem fair. What might possibly be the method to His madness? One can never know for certain until death when they encounter their creator, or possibly when they don’t. But until then, there is always speculation.
According to the Bible, when God created man everything was perfect. There was no pain or suffering that came upon Adam and Eve. Only when they disobeyed God did Adam have to work hard to grow food and Eve have to feel labor pains during birth (Genesis 2-3). It is here that the investigating shall begin.
In Genesis 3:14-19, God informs Adam and Eve the consequences of their decision to disobey Him. He says, in short, that they would now experience sorrow and death as the price of disobeying Him. This fall is the reason why people born into the Christian faith receive Baptism, with hopes to purify a child, or in some cases themselves, from this original fall, or sin, and start anew with God. It is the Christian belief that humans are all born with a sin nature and that we inherited it from Adam and Eve. Romans 5:12 states this belief saying, “Therefore, as by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin; and so death pass...