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Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?

September 25, 2016 Speaker: Harry Long Series: Explore God

Scripture: Psalm 10:1–10:1, Psalm 22:1–22:8

"In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world."

1. The Problem: (Psalm 10:1, Psalm 22:1-8)

        If God is all powerful and God is all good,
                then why does God allow pain and suffering?

2. Proposed Solutions:

        - God is not all powerful (or chooses not exert his power)
        - God is not all good
        - God is not there!

3. Considerations regarding these proposed solutions: (John:6:66-68)

        - The first is an all too common Christian notion
        - The second is the way many, Christian or not, practically live
        - The third is actually more terrifying than believing he is there

4. What can we know about the cause of suffering? (John 9:1-3)

        - The world is broken by sin
        - Many sufferings are our common lot, not personal consequence of sin
        - Many sufferings are at the hands of others
        - Many sufferings can be the result of our own attitudes and actions

5. What do we often not know? (Job 1:1-42:17)

        - Why? Why this? Why now? Why me?

6. What can we know about God’s purpose in suffering? (Romans 5:1-9)

        - We don’t have to know why, we just need to trust God
                and that he loves us!
        - Christ suffered for us that we might have eternal life!
        - Suffering leaves us discontent with a fallen world
        - Suffering leads us to depend on God, who raises the dead
        - Suffering proves our love is for God, not just his blessings
        - Suffering produces patience and perseverance in faith
        - One day all our suffering will be over, and we will live in glory!

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