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One of the hardest questions to answer for a believer in a good all powerful God is the existence of evil and apparent undeserved and widespread suffering in the world. 

A child is born blind, deformed or mentally afflicted; and the question comes: Why? The child has done no harm. 

A person of admirable character and in the prime of life is racked with pain in a hopeless disease that can only end in death. Why him? Why her? These are the people who can least be spared. 

Millions in the world are suffering semi-starvation and disease in countries with vast populations and little fertility. Others perish or are made homeless in floods and earthquakes. Why should they suffer? 

Pain, torture and death have been imposed on helpless millions by the tyranny of man and the destructiveness of modern war. Countless lives are lost in acts of terrorism, by brutality and violent crime.

Accidents there have always been, but the scale of today's disasters and natural calamities is often overwhelming: a tsunami; an oil rig blows up; a deadly tornado wipes out towns.

People ask: Why does God allow it?

 

These questions which readily come into our minds can on the surface seem reasonable: yet a candid look at them shows that they carry certain assumptions and implications. They assume that God  has obligations to us to prevent suffering as it now affects the apparently innocent if He is a God of love who is also Almighty. They imply that people suffering is inconsistent either with the power or the love of God: that as a God of love either He has not the power to prevent the suffering, or if He has the power then He has not the will, and is not a God of love.

Are these assumptions justified? The following video considers some of the facts about life that need to be taken into account before we form a judgement about whether there can be an ultimate purpose in  the existence of suffering in the world and how there is an opportunity for all who are looking for hope beyond this present evil world, to find it in the 'good news' of the Gospel.




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