Why Do the Innocent Suffer?

“If God is all-good and all-powerful, why do the innocent suffer?” Here we have to admit our partial ignorance. We do not have the full explanation of the origin and problem of evil because God has chosen to reveal only a part to us. God created the universe perfect; mankind, through free will, chose to disobey. Evil came into the universe through man’s disobedience.  Because mankind disobeyed and broke God’s law, evil pervades the universe.

We must not overlook the presence of evil in every one of us. If God executed judgment uniformly, not one of us would survive. Suppose God were to decree, “At midnight tonight all the evil will be stamped out of the universe.” Which of us would be here at 1:00 a.m.?  After pointing out man’s personal problem with evil, we need to know that God has done everything necessary to meet this problem. He came into human history in the Lord Jesus Christ, and He died to solve this problem.  Every individual who willingly responds receives His gift of love, grace, and forgiveness in Jesus Christ. C. S. Lewis has observed that it is idle for us to speculate about the problem of evil. The problem we all face is the fact of evil. The only solution to this fact is God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

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