Why does God allow suffering?

God and suffering

The problem of suffering and of evil can be stated as follows. Our God as revealed to us through Jesus Christ is a Good, Loving, all Knowing and all powerful God. How then can there be suffering or how can God allow suffering?

The first thing that we must hold onto is the revealed truth that God is a Good God. We know this because God has proven his love for us by suffering and dying for us on the cross. As John says;  In this is charity: not as though we had loved God, but because he hath first loved us, and sent his Son to be a propitiation for our sins. The second thing we have to realize and always have in the back of our minds is that we are not God and we will never completely understand these mysteries, that includes the mystery of why there is evil.

The obvious answer to this is because we have free will. But there is much more to it than that. The real answer lies join the power of God and that with God all things are possible. God created the universe, the heavens and the earth, the angels and mankind because he is able to bring good out of suffering. God who see all things and all times knew by this knowledge that Adam and Eve would fall after being deceived by Satan. I believe God allowed this because he is able to bring about an even greater good. What could this greater good possibly be? It is the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. It is that God became man. We hear this answer to this problem in the Church's Easter Liturgy. 

O truly necessary sin of Adam,
destroyed completely by the Death of Christ!
O happy fault
that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer!

Why does God allow evil? Because he is God and he is able to bring even greater good out of any situation, if we only have faith and trust in his all powerful goodness.  Scripture tells us that the gift, Jesus Christ, is greater than the offence. Or again, where sin abounds, grace abounds even more. And Saint Paul said that he considered the present sufferings as being nothing when compared to the glory that is to be revealed in us. 

So do not believe the lies of Satan. The evil, sin and suffering that you are burdened with does not mean that God does not love you. God has proven his love for you by the shedding of his blood and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit into your heart. God created you out of love, he died for you out of love, he redeemed you out of love and he has come to live in your heart out of love. There is one thing that you must do and believe. You must always believe and have faith that in Jesus Christ God loves you.

Probably the best way we can learn to accept this love is to consecrate our lives and hearts to the I  Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mary can help us and teach us how to completely entrust ourselves to the awesome Love of Jesus. 

Why then does God allow evil? He allows evil because of our free will. However the fact that he allows it at all is because he can bring an even greater good out of evil. We cannot see this clearly here in this world and in this short life but when we look at it from the viewpoint of eternity it begins to make sense. God has taken the evil done to Jesus, the crucifixion and has given us redemption, salvation and eternal life. The crucifixion is the greatest lesson of why God allows evil. To save us and to bring us home all the while protecting our free will so that we are still able to love God.   JESUS I TRUST IN YOU.

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