Why Is There Suffering in the World?

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.

Romans 5:12

There is much inequality in the world. While a few possess great wealth, much of mankind lacks even basic needs. There are many people suffering from incurable diseases. Others suffer the atrocities of war. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes or tornadoes seem to hit hardest at the poorest. There are people who in such situations ask why is there suffering in the world? Why does God allow such injustice? Indeed, God is not guilty of those things that happen because everything happens due of sin.

The original plan of God when he created man was to have a close relationship with us. In the book of Genesis we can see that Adam and Eve were placed in a lovely location, Eden. Both enjoyed good weather, they could feed without effort and all animals were harmless. In Eden, our first parents never suffered from illness or had debt problems or lacked some basic need. Neither they suffered by war or natural phenomena.

That extreme happiness enjoyed broke because of disobeying the command that God had given them. That mandate is written in Genesis 2:16-17: And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Forbidden fruit has traditionally been represented by an apple; but the Bible simply called the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In chapter 3 of Genesis the way the man and woman fell to temptation of the devil incarnate in the serpent is told.

Disobedience of both resulted in all the misfortunes we suffer. Genesis 3:16-19 says:  To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”

Disobeying God’s command was the first sin committed by mankind. And because of sin, came the pain, disease, gender discrimination, machismo, droughts, floods, storms, earthquakes, work and death. In short, sin brought a curse upon humanity and the planet on which we live. That was not the plan of God; but as He is holy, He cannot be compatible with sin. Therefore, He cut His relationship with sinful humanity.

Complains to God for the shortages, inequalities and misfortunes are invalid. He’s not responsible for all that; we all are to blame since it has been human sin the cause of the curse hanging over us. And while we complain to God because we are getting what we deserve, He devised a plan B to rescue us. So what we must do is repent of our sins and turn to God. God bless you.


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