With so much pain and suffering in this world, people are asking questions that seem to have no answers in sight. People ask, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” This is a common question, but most people just don’t find the right answer. Even the Pope was asked this question and did not know how to respond.
I have written an article about why God allows suffering. However, in this post, I want to focus on the question, “What if God DOESN’T allow suffering?” Answering this question will give us a fresh perspective about the suffering of this world.
Reason no. 1: If God won’t allow suffering, we will lose our FREE WILL
One of the greatest gifts of God is free will. It is the ability for us humans to make our own choices. Through free will, we have the freedom to do what we want and whatever pleases us. The gift of free will was given to the first human parents, Adam and Eve.
Looking back at our history, the way we handle free will shows how INCOMPETENT we are in using it. Our practice of free will has resulted to many suffering in this world. Much of the pain we experience right now are the direct cumulative and compound effects of previous bad choices we make as individuals and as a nation.
Reason no. 2: If God won’t allow suffering, we will all be like robots
Imagine this, if God won’t allow suffering, then He will intervene every time we are about to commit a mistake. If this is done over and over again, the result will make us mere robots who are controlled by God or brute animals who are controlled by just instincts.
God has the power to prevent us from destroying ourselves, but in the process, He is DEFEATING His eternal purpose – the purpose to add children in His family with righteous and godly character. God does not want robots in His Kingdom. He wants children who genuinely follow His commandments.
Reason no. 3: If God won’t allow suffering, we will not be able to obey Him from the heart
God does not want mere robots to be called His sons and daughters. If God would control all our actions, we won’t be able to develop an obedient heart – a heart willing to yield to God’s purpose and perfect will.
Reason no. 4: If God won’t allow suffering, we will not be able to develop righteous character
God is more concern about developing our character. A comfortable life may be pleasing, but it does not produce a stronger faith. For it is written:
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been GRIEVED BY VARIOUS TRIALS, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:6-7).
Reasons no. 5: If God won’t allow suffering, we will not learn through experience
Throughout the history, we can see how human beings have tried to live this life without God. History teaches us that when an individual or a nation depart from the teachings of God, they will soon suffer the consequences of their actions.
God, through our experience, wants us to learn the difference between good and evil. He wants us to learn that the only way to live this life is to follow His commandments. In His INFINITE wisdom, He knows what works and what works not. Through the Bible, he revealed to us how to live this life.
What if God won’t allow suffering? This post gives you the answer. This world is the direct result of unwise and reckless usage of the gift of free will. Suffering is bound to happen because of the bad choices we make. However, trials and sufferings will make us spiritually STRONGER and more prepared when the time comes when we will reign with Christ as kings and priests (Revelation 5:10).
We may not be able to explain all sufferings in this world, but we have the CONFIDENCE that all things work together for those who love God (Romans 8:28). Focus your mind to the coming kingdom of God because one day, God will “wipe away every tear from [our] eyes; THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DEATH, NOR SORROW, NOR CRYING. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). MAY GOD SPEED THAT DAY!