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Are we meant to suffer here on earth?

Does loving god mean we must constantly go through trials and tribulations is this life on earth constant test of faith? Can we have happiness on earth or will it only come in heaven?

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Asked by Saved_by_GOD at 1:58 PM on Jan. 6, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Believing in God means that you have an almighty Father in heaven that will give you what you need when you ask for it but dont be scared to ask. Alot of people only pray for other people and there is no shame in asking for your needs to be met to. If God agrees he will grant prayer.
    Now yes it also means constantly being tested by Satan and going through life lessons. Life lessons I believe everyone has when they come to earth. Satan however will try and wisper things and tell you God isnt there and life sucks etc. Just keep the faith. If you have hard times & enemies you must be doing something right. Thats how I see it.

    Answer by gemgem at 2:03 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • I don't think we were initially MEANT to suffer at all, God created this world to be perfect, but gave Adam and Eve free will. The world was created with actions and reactions, and therefore whenever a person makes a decision there is some sort of reaction, either good or bad. Adam and Eve chose sin, they disobeyed God, this brought death and destruction into the world. The world we look around and see today is not how God intended it to be, it is what mankind has made it through their actions. God never wanted sin to be a part of this world, but without allowing us free will we would have been forced to love him, and what is love if it is forced upon you? It is not love at all. -Cont. Below

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 2:04 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • I don't believe in God and am entirely a-religious, so no, I don't believe that there will be any reward for us in an after life. I think we make or break ourselves here, right in the present and that's our only shot. Sorry

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:04 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • Cont.: Free will is important to a true loving relationship with God, however, the down side of free will is that we can make wrong choices, and wrong choices bring consequences. We are the only ones to blame for the state of the world, God gave us choices, and we made them.

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 2:04 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • Here on earth there is balance up down, light dark , wrong right, good and bad. This too is how we live our lives. The difference is in Chirst our down, dark, wrong, and bad does not have to be the length or the extent that it is for those with out Chirst. We each to extent make our own bed hence free will but for every time you pray, seek knock it gets a little easier.

    Answer by j45505 at 2:41 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • actually that's a very good question... and most beliefs.. christians, pagans, etc... think that life on earth is meant to be a trial, so that your spirit can learn from live. differences being that christians mean you have to try to tolerate the bad in order to receive the award at the end (heaven) and wiccans believe your soul is made to go through so many different trials in many lives, to later walk amongst the Gods, and Goddesses...

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 3:32 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • We live in a broken world with broken people. Suffering is a foregone conclusion. But does God will it? I seriously doubt it because that would make Him a monster.

    Answer by jaimie175 at 3:32 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • This is a learning ground. So sometimes it means suffering and sometimes it means joy.
    Joy isnt meant solely for the hereafter but you will never see it if you arent looking for it either.

    *you meant generally*

    Answer by BonesDragonDew at 4:22 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • we make our own happiness or misery....God is there for guidance...

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:00 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • Why shouldn't we suffer on earth? Nobody has suffered the way Jesus did. A requirement to be follower of Christ is to bare your own cross.

    Answer by Sis.Jackson at 5:12 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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