WHY DOES GOD PERMIT PAIN AND SUFFERING? Part 1

WHY DOES GOD PERMIT PAIN AND SUFFERING? WHY DOESN’T HE JUST STOP IT ALL? (Part 1)

By John Muncy

Why This series will probably take a while to complete – so I’m going to take it slow and easy to try and cover all the bases. If you have a question regarding this topic, please feel free to share it.

Let’s first establish an important point…THE CHIEF PURPOSE OF LIFE IS NOT HAPPINESS BUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. 

Unless we can put that fact in proper perspective, we will NEVER get a proper footing on ANYTHING in this life. I think the main reason that the problem of evil and suffering seems so difficult for most of us is that we tend to naturally assume that if God exists, then His purpose for human life is our happiness. While that may seem to be a very popular perception, it is not a Biblical one.

The goal of life is a personal knowledge and a relationship with God – which ultimately – will, in the end, bring eventual human fulfillment and happiness. But basing life on happiness makes much of the suffering in our world to be viewed as utterly unreasonable and pointless. That is because evil, pain and suffering does not produce human happiness in this life. But, on the other hand, it may not be so futile if one considers how these things can actually produce a deeper knowledge of God.

Suffering has a way of achieving one of two things; either it can generate, (upon the person who is suffering or those around him); a great anger and blame thrown upon God, or it can create a deeper dependency and trust upon God. Of course, whether or not God’s purpose is achieved is going to depend on your response – upon how you choose to respond to suffering?

Do you automatically respond with anger and bitterness toward God for allowing you to go through this evil, pain or suffering? Or do you respond with faith and deeper dependency on God as you go through these trials? The reaction reveals a powerful part of who and what we are as individuals; and will allow us to make wiser choices for a greater good.

As harsh as this may seem to some of you, I think that the Lord is less concerned with what we may be going through than with our attitude while going through it! It may well be the case that suffering in this world is part of God’s plan for drawing people freely into His Kingdom.

Now don’t throw this out, yet…please read on…

God’s ultimate purpose for human history is to bring humans into relationship with Himself. We cannot truly see a proper perspective to human history apart from seeing it in the light of the Kingdom of God. God is bringing something about on this planet. The “big picture” and the purpose of human history is God’s ultimate plan for mankind – the everlasting Kingdom of God. And as hard as it may be to accept it, sometimes a world of suffering has a logical reason and purpose – to pave a path back to God.

I think it is worth noting that in those countries of the world that are experiencing the worse of suffering – that Christianity – is growing at its most rapid rates.

CONSIDER CHINA FOR AN EXAMPLE…

It is estimated that 20 million Chinese lost their lives under Mao’s Revolution. Christians stood firm in what was probably the most widespread and harsh persecution the Church has ever experienced. Yet the story is not over. The persecution purified and indigenized the Church. SINCE 1977, THE GROWTH OF THE CHURCH IN CHINA HAS NO PARALLELS IN HISTORY! But here’s the point: Researchers estimate that there were 30 to 50 million Christians in China by 1990. And today, it is estimated to be somewhere between 90 million and 100 million. MAO ZEDONG UNWITTINGLY BECAME THE GREATEST EVANGELIST IN HISTORY!! There are now more believers in communist China than in the United States of America!!

EL SALVADOR: The 12-year civil war, earthquakes, and the collapse of the economy have impoverished the nation. Over 80% live in dire poverty. Yet, an astonishing spiritual harvest has been gathered from all levels of society in the midst of the hate and bitterness of war. In 1960, only 2.3% of the population were evangelicals Christians, but today, they are at least 25%!

ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia is in a state of shock. Her population struggles with the trauma of millions of deaths through famine, repression and war. Two great waves of violent persecution refined and purified the Protestant Church, and despite the many martyrs, dying for their faith in Christ, millions more are coming to Christ. From 1960, Christianity has grown from 0.8% to nearly 18.6% of the population becoming Protestant believers.

Examples like this could be multiplied over and over again. When you look at the history of mankind, it has been a history of war and suffering; and yet it has also been a history of the advance of the Kingdom of God.

Don’t immediately conclude that evil, pain, or suffering leaves no room for God to show His strength and grace! Realize that there is a greater good that comes through things that we may question right now – but given time – we find that God was not hiding or was missing out on something. When it is all said and done, we will have to humbly admit, “He doeth all things well.”

I know this post has NOT even scraped the surface of this deep issue, but is a starting point to address why God permits evil, even though He is a good God.

I hope that you will follow these posts as I try to update them. Be open to what I have to share. For those of you who are struggling with your faith, or for those of you who are doubting God’s existence or His care, please give this a serious thought – and feel free to input your own thoughts.

God bless you all! – John Muncy

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11 thoughts on “WHY DOES GOD PERMIT PAIN AND SUFFERING? Part 1

  1. ole’ farmer still out there diggin’ in the dirt, praise God,….i think you hit some more pay dirt with this one B’journ,………….imagine Solana being re-introduced on to the stage! i was also remembering his birthday yesterday and made mention of it to a friend who essentially over spoke me saying he’s far too old…must be in his high 80’s by now. i knew better. your post update is more than confirming as it connects to dollars and cents, money gold and 666, how about that!!!

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  2. Thank-you for post Vic,

    “Why does God allow the immense suffering” has been an agonizing question that’s kept me on my face before a Holy Gof for the last 21 years. Funny things is before I became His own I never knew suffering. I had to know ” why”. The Lord gently instructed in His Word and am forever grateful for being counted worthy to be shaped, moulded and conformed into the image of His Son to a dark and evil world around me. I love it 🙂

    1} Love that His glory rests on those that have been reproached for His name sake!
    2} Love that it’s ACCEPTABLE to God when we DO SUFFER wrongfully and to take it PATIENTLY!
    3}Christ’s suffering was given as a EXAMPLE of what we are to expect.
    4} Love that Christ’s RESPONSE to the suffering is what God teaches us in our own pain and the injustice of it all.
    *We never return evil for evil, never threaten, never having guile in one’s mouth. Never regarding SIN in your heart. Fear the Lord God , obey Him, place Him as the # 1 in your life { even over your spouse and every loved one } and that my dear friend’s is the prerequisite for having the Lord answer your prayer 🙂

    5}God uses the vessels of wrath { the tares and unsaved around us } to show His vessels of mercy HIS GLORY. I love it!

    6}The final outcome of the suffering is to “perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you” that you NOT be moved.

    Rom 9:22

    What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

    And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

    1Pe 4:14
    If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

    1 Peter 2
    19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

    20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

    21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

    22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

    23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

    1Pe 1:11

    Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

    1Pe 5:1
    The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also>>>>>>>>>>> a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

    1Pe 5:10
    But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

    I love the Lord more now than before the pain. How awesome is that!

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  3. Sorry for SP. Can’t find the edit button for the life of me.Running out the door as usual 🙂

    * God. Sorry fast fingers 🙂

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  4. all is well tony, thanks. just need to be quiet right now and hear from the Lord. hope all is well with everyone. lamentations 3:33 and hebrews 12:1-10 bless us very much because He is a Great Father doing His great work in His children—wasting nothing to reveal Christ in us–the Hope of Glory.

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  5. After getting hit the past four years with one thing after another, I have to admit, I’ve wondered why he allows so much pain and suffering..
    This is an interesting thread, looking forward to more..
    I’m in physical therapy now and starting to get around better , still on the walker, but finally feeling like I might survive this.. I thought the broken shoulder was awful “no comparison” , at least I could walk around by myself with it, no such thing with a broken hip , not used to needing so much help..
    Please keep me in your prayers.. Thank you..

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  6. will remember you in prayer loop, bless you,…….you are so strong and you will allways persevere* ,….blessen’s to sam and noah!! and you all….

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