Experiencing the Power of the Gospel
Part 3―Biblical Doctrines in the Light of the Gospel
Part 4―Last Day Events (Eschatology)
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A common reason many people give for doubting the existence of a Creator is the prevalence of suffering in the world.
Many ask, if there is a God, why does he permit all of this? Can the Bible also help us to understand why a powerful Creator would permit so much suffering for such a long time?
This website will uncover the reason that God allows us to suffer from two different perspectives.
(1) The “Literal-local application” about you personally and (2) The "Future World-wide application" concerning the overall big picture.
Deep within every human heart arises the nagging question that will not be quieted: “If God is so good, why do we have such a bad world?”.…Why do bad things happen to good people?
What the devil is really out to do is to assassinate the character of God. So he savagely attacks us, then works overtime to get us to blame it all on God. When we suffer, he wants us to conclude God is to blame.
Satan’s constant effort in his war against Heaven is to hold up before himself a mirror, and then try to persuade us that the reflection we see there is God. Don’t be taken in. God is not the destroyer, Satan is. God is not the author of death, Satan is. God is not to blame for suffering and sorrow, Satan is.
Let us investigate this subject together as we look through the word of God.
But first, let us ponder on this one quote:
The great Physician co-operates with every effort made in behalf of suffering humanity, to give light to the body, and life and restoration to the soul. And why is this? Satan came into our world, and led men into temptation. With sin came sickness and suffering, for we reap that which we sow. Satan afterward caused man to charge upon God the suffering which is but the sure result of the transgression of physical law.
God is thus falsely accused, and his character misrepresented. He is charged with doing that which Satan himself has done. God would have his people expose this falsehood of the enemy. To them he has given the light of the gospel of health, and as his representatives they are to give the light to others.
As they work to relieve suffering humanity, they are to point out the origin of all suffering, and direct the mind to Jesus, the great Healer of both soul and body. His heart of sympathy goes out to all earth's sufferers, and with every one who works for their relief, he co-operates. As with his blessing health returns, the character of God will be vindicated, and the lie thrown back upon Satan, its originator.
1. Life―How did it get here? (Ch.16). "Why would God permit suffering?" p.188
2. Mark Finley, (1995). Beyond Orion’s Gates, p.97, Hart Research Center.
3. Mark Finley, (1995). Beyond Orion’s Gates, p.96, Hart Research Center.
4. Mark Finley, (1995). Beyond Orion’s Gates, p.324, Hart Research Center.
5. The Christian Educator (1 OCT 1898). "Practical Missionary Work", par.9
Image #1: Trusting God, (2014). Why Suffering? Retrieved from http://www.faithandculturenow.com/category/trust/
Image #2: AZ quotes, (n.d.). Charles Darwin quote. Retrieved from http://www.azquotes.com/quote/1046317
Image #3: AZ quotes, (n.d.). Mahatma Gandhi quote. Retrieved from http://www.azquotes.com/author/5308-Mahatma_Gandhi
Image #4: AZ quotes, (n.d.). C.S. Lewis quote. Retrieved from http://www.azquotes.com/author/8805-C_S_Lewis
Image #5: AZ quotes, (n.d.). Mother Teresa quote. Retrieved from http://www.azquotes.com/quote/576887
Image #6: Bible verse 1 John 5:19, (n.d.). The whole world is lying under the power of the wicked one. Retrieved from https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pU2UZJt0dqUWeCdWtuJIO8PPEzZ9vHpzV97N5AjF946DEOxlzoezI2G4P4hKQZgwWQ8hRg=s114
Image #7: Haiku Deck, (2015). There is no God. Retrieved from https://www.haikudeck.com/why-is-there-so-much-evil-pain--suffering-in-the-world-inspiration-presentation-GOvcaugXWV#slide2