So much pain ...
so much suffering, injustice, hatred ...
how can God allow it?
- If there is a God, why is the world
sometimes so awful?
yet pain teaches us, brings us closer
to others, nearer to God
the world we live in is blighted by our sin -
God plans to change it, to change us.
pain is temporary -
God has promised to get rid of it...
"Gladness and joy will overtake
them, and sorrow and sighing will
- "There will be no more death or mourning
- or crying or pain, for the old order of
- things has passed away"
"a time to weep"
||Human suffering stems directly
from our disobedience to God; at present the whole of creation
labours under the curse placed upon it by God in the beginning.
Humanity is condemned by sin to a life of constant struggle against
nature, ending in death.
||Through this struggle our
characters are formed. Through it we can come closer to God, as we
are moulded into something better that gives him pleasure and that
will bring us into his kingdom.
||Jesus came to bring comfort, hope
and joy to all who believe and trust in him.
||Jesus himself was made perfect by
his sufferings. When we suffer, we follow in his steps.
||God is in no way responsible for
moral evil, but uses good and evil circumstances to bring about his
purpose. Man alone is responsible for war and conflict of all
||When God's plan is complete, pain
and sorrow will disappear, and the whole creation will be filled
with joy. When God's plan is complete, pain and sorrow will
disappear, and the whole creation will be filled with joy.