So why does he allow suffering in our world? Why does the all powerful, almighty god allow women to get raped, innocent civilians to be brutally tortured and murdered, and terrorists to go on bombarding rampages? If he really is God, wouldn't he be able to stop such terrible things from happening?
Well, to make one point clear, everyone in our world suffers. There isn't any bias or prejudice of this; It just simply is. Both good men and bad men suffer in our world. Even Jesus Christ, the son of god, suffered in it; a man who has never once committed a sin in his life suffered greater than any of us can ever imagine.
But this point still doesn't in any way answer the question. So to get back on track, why does God allow suffering for everyone in the world when he can easily stop it? Well, I'm afraid it's not that simple.
In the beginning, God intended the world to be made into a beautiful place. Most of us complain why the world isn't perfect when in fact it was originally made perfect. The world was originally every bit of beauty we'd ever desire from it.
It was man that brought sin into the world, not God.
In the story of Genesis, the first book of the bible, it tells the story of how God created all things and eventually man. It tells of how God gave man free will, the choice to love and trust in God.
In the bible, it tells us that God is love itself. Refer to Corinthians chapter 13 and first John chapter 4. Because God is love, it can be understood that to love is to willingly do so, meaning that in order for a perfect loving world to exist, so must free will.
In the book of Genesis, God gave Adam and Eve the choice to love him and follow his one instruction of avoiding the tree of knowledge, (the one tree God commanded them never to eat from). The tree of knowledge was put there to test and see if Adam and Eve would trust in faith of God's perfect understanding or if they would instead trust by what they can see with their eyes. Adam and Eve chose to trust in their eyes, thinking the fruit which God instructed them not to eat would bring them a greater knowledge of things.
And it did just that! Adam and Eve were filled with greater knowledge alright! Do you know what that new knowledge was?
Sin! They suddenly understood what sin was! Sin became a part of their new understanding. They suddenly felt shame and remorse out at nowhere, and the very beginnings of pain and suffering were introduced to man for the very first time.
You see, pain and suffering was not meant to be in man's vocabulary, but against God's command, we chose to invite that part of knowledge into our way of life.
So what really started it all as well as all the future sins of our world was this one thing: We thought we could do things better than God. We thought we were smarter than him; that our ways of doing things would be better.
Look how that ended up.
Because we thought we could do things better, wars have taken place, disagreements among nations have risen up, and misunderstandings have confused everyone. Our pride is what brought sin into this world and our pride is the only thing that keeps us from God today.
Okay, so if we understand how sin became a part of our world, one question still remains: Why should the rest of us suffer for the actions of two people?
If you're as curious about this question as I once was then I invite you to click here for my next article: Why God Allows Suffering in our World Part 2.