The Peruvian Air-force had shot at the plane because it mistakenly thought that it was carrying drugs and drug dealers. The pilot, missionary Kevin Donaldson, 42, was seriously injured by gunfire to his legs, but was able to crash-land the plane on the Amazon. It is hard to understand why things like this happen especially when you consider that in all likelihood many drug dealers and criminals flew that night without a problem. It makes you wonder:
Why doesn't He stop it? Can He or is He weaker than we think? Suffering can fall into three simple categories: But, there are a variety of causes for suffering: There are different explanations for why God allows suffering, but none of them can satisfy everyone.
Therefore, I will simply list various reasons offered to account for suffering and evil in the world. Free will God has given us freedom of choice.
Having this freedom means that we can rebel against God and make choices that are contrary to His desires. Since we can say that evil is anything contrary to God's perfect and holy will, then anyone who chooses anything contrary to God's perfection is committing evil. But this is the risk of being able to have freedom of choice.
Evil and suffering are the result of making bad free choices. But how could this account for natural disasters and sickness that brings suffering? Biblically, Adam represented not only all of his descendents, but he was also the head of the created order since he was given dominion over the earth.
Therefore, when he fell, sin entered into the world Rom. God cannot stop evil and suffering because He is powerless Of course, this does not stand up to biblical truth. God allows evil to occur partly for reasons we do know and partly for those we do not.
We know that God uses evil to discipline people Prov. But we cannot know all the reasons that God has for allowing evil and suffering in the world. It is not logically necessary that since God has not stopped evil and suffering in the world, that He cannot.
God could be using suffering for His divine plan, in order to teach, for discipline, because people are free, etc. The existence of suffering does not at all mean that God cannot stop all of it. It means that He simply has chosen not to do so.
How much evil should be stopped? The question of stopping evil means that if God is to stop evil, then He must stop all evil. This means that the murderer must be stopped along with the thief.
But it also means that thinking evil, which is in rebellion against God, must also be stopped as well; that is, if all evil is to be stopped.
Therefore, for God to stop evil and suffering may very well mean that He must remove the ability for people to freely choose what they want to do. So, if God is going to stop evil, is He required to stop all of it or just some of it? If only some of it, then the question would still stand.
If He stops all of it, would we be free? Prevention of further evil It is possible that human suffering cancer, disease, etc. Of course, this does not seem to be a very good option because if God was intending to stop further suffering, why would He use suffering to stop it?
Also, what about floods and earthquakes that cause suffering? How would they fit into God decreasing or stopping suffering except perhaps by people's deaths which ends suffering? This is difficult to answer. Though it may be that God might use some suffering to prevent even greater suffering, this explanation cannot answer all issues concerning it.
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In a recent conversation with a neighbor (we’ll call him Sam), I had the opportunity to talk with him about the perplexing question about the existence of evil in light of God’s holy nature. God cannot stop evil and suffering because He is powerless Of course, this does not stand up to biblical truth.
God allows evil to occur partly for reasons we do know and partly for those we do not.
We know that God uses evil to discipline people (Prov. ) and to teach them (Prov. ). Sometimes God uses the worst evils to bring about the greatest good. God is not done. In the middle of a movie it is difficult to judge the ending because there is often a wild plot twist near the end.
If God is Good traces evil back to the very beginning, from the moment that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden (Genesis ), and beforehand as well, when God's beloved archangel Lucifer became Satan, the thief who "comes only to steal and kill and destroy" (John )/5().
They can’t understand why a good, holy God has allowed something bad to happen to them. What I want to gently tell them is that God doesn’t owe us an explanation this side of heaven.
There’s nothing in Scripture that tells us we’re entitled to an answer.