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God and Human Suffering
By Christian Nseka
August 10, 2011

Many people believe and preach that God wants us to suffer. They firmly believe that human suffering is nothing but the work of God. Their justification is: it would not happen if God did not will it. In other words, we would not be suffering if God did not want us to suffer. Surprisingly, they get this understanding from the Bible. No, let me correct that: they get this understanding based on the way they interpret the Bible.

Jesus did not teach about God being the source of human suffering. Instead, he taught about God being a God of goodness, a God of love.

In the Gospel of Matthew, it is recorded that Jesus said:

"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" (Matthew 7:9–11)

Basically, what Jesus conveyed in this passage is that God is good. He is good to perfection. No goodness found in fallen humanity can compare to the goodness of God. Hence, since we desire happiness for our children, then it is only obvious that God desires and wills nothing but infinite happiness for His children, too.

I know what you are thinking: If our suffering does not come from God, where does it come from?

Allow me to give you a brief answer: human suffering comes from the realm of sin.

This is why we need the Messiah.

Thank you for reading.

May God bless you.


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