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If God is good why is there suffering/evil?



If God is good, why is there suffering and evil?

This age-old question often emerges in the aftermath of human tragedies, prompting deep reflection and philosophical inquiry.

Many argue that the existence of evil challenges the notion of a benevolent deity, suggesting instead an absence of divine benevolence.

They posit that if indeed God exists, His omnipotence should enable Him to intervene and eradicate evil from the world.

However, addressing evil necessitates confronting the complexities of human nature, as human actions play a significant role in perpetuating war, violence, and other forms of malevolence.

The inherent autonomy granted to humanity affords individuals the freedom to make moral choices, whether virtuous or malevolent.

The eradication of all evil by divine intervention would undoubtedly have profound implications for humanity as a whole.

Consider the occurrence of natural disasters; why does God permit earthquakes, hurricanes, and other catastrophic events?

Such occurrences, like the 2023 earthquake in Turkey and Syria, often lead individuals to question the goodness of God.

It’s disconcerting that natural disasters are sometimes attributed to ‘acts of God,’ yet the absence of such calamities over extended periods rarely garners recognition of divine benevolence.

In the Genesis narrative, God’s creation is described as ‘good,’ suggesting that the genesis of disasters is not inherent but rather a consequence of human actions.

The first recorded disasters occurred during Noah’s time, a result of humanity’s rejection of its Creator.

The flawed nature of creation emanates from mankind’s rebellion against its Creator, leading to a world marred by suffering and evil.

Despite these challenges, there remains a glimmer of hope. God, in His infinite wisdom, chose a different approach to address evil.

He manifested as Jesus, experiencing the full spectrum of human suffering and malevolence, offering redemption and hope to humanity.

Moreover, God extends the promise of perpetual presence (Matthew 28:20) and the eventual eradication of all evil and suffering (Revelation 21:4) for those who place their faith in Him (1 Thessalonians 4:17).


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