Why is there suffering? (Part 1)

The Bible is very clear about why pain and suffering is a part of our existence.  Disease, disaster, and death occur in nature because of Adam and Eve’s fall.  When the first humans rebelled against God’s decree, they brought suffering into the human experience.  Genesis 3:17-19 says,

“To Adam he said, ‘Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, “You must not eat of it,” ‘Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.’”

Remember that even as suffering occurs, Jesus overcame it.  In John 16:33 He said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

It is inevitable that in a fallen world due to humanity’s rebellion against God, hard times and evil would befall us.  But Jesus entered our world of pain and grief and overcame sin and death.  Through Him, we are more than conquerors.  Romans 8:35-39 says,

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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