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Why does God allow suffering?

October 2, 2019 : Response to last week's topic by Pastor Tim Ahlman.

Last week, Pastor Jake posed the question, "hy does God allow suffering? Further, may I ask, does God cause suffering too?" Many of you responded and the discussion was great! Now, I'd like to respond via vlog, as we move from blog to vlog in our discussion.

September 25, 2019 : Topic introduction by Pastor Jake Boessling

Let's get real...suffering sucks. It does. It's hard. It's grueling. It's not something any of us invite into our lives. The slow death of a loved one from cancer can be too much to watch. The pictures of the real painful walk of a child in the slums of Nairobi to find dirty water to live another day leaves us speechless.

We have all asked it and probably still wonder, "Why does God allow suffering? Further, may I ask, does God cause suffering too?"

Leave your comments, thoughts and conclusions. Then look for Pastor Tim to answer this question next week.   


Roman's 5:3-5 has always been one of my top favorite verses.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."

It's almost like going to the gym. Yes it hurts and we hate it but it crafts us into better people on the other side.
Wow what a question!! Why does God allow suffering and does he cause suffering? For me the suffering that Jason and I experienced while we walked his cancer journey was for a moment unbearable!!! Believe me God does, has and will give you so very, very much more than you can handle. The great good news is when we allowed God to lead our journey our suffering was so much more bearable.and God’s plan is so much better then ours. Today by God’s amazing grace and the suffering he experienced as he watched the suffering of his own son on the cross for my sins and Jason’s sins today Jason is with his Heavenly Father in a state of love and blessings we don’t understand yet but will one day.. for me suffering happens to bring us to a closer walk with our heavenly
father. I love what Paul said, hen he wrote, “
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).
I believe God does not CAUSE suffering, but ALLOWS it in order to make our faith stronger and draw us closer to Him. Our sinful nature distracts us at times and we don't always thank Him on a daily basis for all He does for us. But, during times of suffering what do we do? we immediately turn to Him for help and relief. Like fine gold which only becomes pure and beautiful after it has gone through the fire, our faith becomes stronger during our suffering.

This caught my eye because I am reading "Making Sense Out Of Suffering" by Peter Kreeft right now, although I'm just a couple chapters in. This is a hard question to answer. Trusting in God's Wisdom is an important key I believe. I will definitely be interested in Pastor Tim's words. Thank you!
I have a good friend who went thru AML, lost her leg, received a bone marrow transplant, and barely survived 5 years ago. She made it and has been doing well. Last month her son died unexpectedly and she’s almost lost the will to live. I’m not sure she has any faith, especially now. I have no idea how she’s making it without God to help her thru it. I don’t approach the subject because I don’t want to be “preachy” so I just listen and pray for her. My question is, why do some people have to suffer so much more than others?
God does not cause suffering, but I think he allows things to happen. Through the bad and sad times is when we turn to our Father in Heaven and pray for help and guidance. Without these things happening, we aren't as eager to seek the Lord. These times strengthen our Faith in Him. Sin is hurtful and sad.
I feel i know the answer and that is free will... however, when you look at the 3 yr old left in the car and now the dad is on suicide watch, why? When you look at the 15 yr old girl that does in front of church yesterday...why???
Jesus is my eternal hope & I’d like to think that if 1 of my girls were taken early I would be able to make it, but truthfully That is my worst fear! I know we will meet again and I’m scared... What must non believers feel?
This reminds me of something my mother used to say when people questioned her about she handled a very serious event when I was very young. She always said "God only gives you what you can handle" This was after my dad was severely injured in a work related accident.
God does not allow suffering. He's a Loving God. It wasn't until Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Life did this occur. Suffering occurs because we are sinful. But Jesus took care of that when He died on the cross. While we may still suffer here on earth each and everyday, Our Faith in Jesus Christ will one day eliminate all suffering when we meet Him Face to Face. No more suffering. no more weeping. All of our sorrow's wiped away. Praise be to HIm and the Father.
I have to say, this is a question that I have struggled with since I can remember. And have asked God many times. I have heard all of the standard
answers. One time I was watching a video on evil in the world, and they were asking the great Maya Angelou, "where is God when all of these bad things happen? " Her answer was the best I have ever heard.." He is in the response". When we respond with love, charity, kindness..that's where God is.
The interface of this comment box doesn’t work well on my phone ;) I can’t scroll through what I wrote to finish the thought I just typed so I had to submit it ‘as is’. Point being, we live amongst suffering and need to ground ourselves and our children in the hope of Jesus so we can look toward the day there will be no more suffering or sadness.
This is a timely question, with some of our students witnessing the fresh aftermath of yesterday’s bicycle/ car accident and asking the same question.

When our children come into this world, we do everything to shelter and protect them from the realities of this world. But as they grow, we realize it’s impossible and a disservice to keep them sheltered from hard truths about brokenness, sadness, despair & atrocity. We live in an imperfect world. But heaven awaits.

I don’t think God causes suffering, but

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