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At Bible study last night we got into a brief discussion of why God let bad things happen  – the recent German airliner crash being the recent cause for question.  Lee Strobel delivered a message after the Aurora, Colorado shooting and I want to share key concepts of that speech with you, as I believe he provides a very good explanation. I have a link to the entire address at the end.

Key points are that God did not create evil in the world.  There is evil in the world because people choose to do evil.  God created man with free will – a will to decide whether or not to love and whether or not to choose God.  People choose not to love.  Second, though suffering exists because people have chosen evil over good, God can use suffering to accomplish good.  Romans 8:28 tells us “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Scripture promises that God will deal with all evil in the world and triumph over it. We wonder why he doesn’t just do that, but  2 Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  God promises that he has great things in store for us and that while our sufferings here are painful, he has much in store for us that.  Romans 8:18 tells us “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”  Finally, it is up to us to decide whether we see evil events and suffering and cause this to turn against or reject God or whether we turn to him for peace and courage.  In John 16:33 we are told “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. But be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

Towards the end of the address Strobel states: “it’s not just that God knows and sympathizes with you in your troubles. After all, any close friend can do that. Any close friend can sit beside you and comfort you and empathize with you. No, Jesus is much closer than your closest friend. Because if you’ve put your trust in Him,then He is in you. And, therefore, your sufferings are His sufferings; your sorrow is His sorrow. So when tragedy strikes, as it will; when suffering comes, as it will; when you’re wrestling with pain, as you will – and when you make the choice to run into His arms, here’s what you’re going to discover: you’ll find peace to deal with the present, you’ll find courage to deal with your future, and you’ll find the incredible promise of eternal life in heaven.”

I recommend you read the entire speech.  It’s at:  https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2012/07/why-does-god-allow-tragedy-and-suffering/

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