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Why does God allow suffering?

 
booklover545

Asked by booklover545 at 11:31 AM on Sep. 14, 2012 in Religious Debate

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  • MamaK88

    Answer by MamaK88 at 11:35 AM on Sep. 23, 2012

  • Do you allow you child to suffer for the mistakes he makes?
    If he jumops on the bed when you told him not to and then does it any way and falls do you take the hurt and bruises away so he does not feel it?
    Why do you allow your child to suffer?
    Dardenella

    Answer by Dardenella at 12:19 PM on Sep. 14, 2012

  • I think people approach this the wrong way - if you need bad things to learn a lesson, better appreciate what you have, or otherwise improve yourself, why are you in need of those lessons and improvements to begin with? Why not create a species that already has what it needs to survive?
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:28 PM on Sep. 14, 2012

  • Without Bad there would be no good.
    Ecclesiastes 3:
    There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

    ILovemyPaulie

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 11:59 AM on Sep. 14, 2012

  • Rain falls on the just and the unjust. --

    yep, even the scriptures say that. Matthew 5:45
    :)
    dullscissors

    Answer by dullscissors at 7:43 PM on Sep. 14, 2012

  • To further his own agenda of course...
    IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 12:01 PM on Sep. 14, 2012

  • Do you allow you child to suffer for the mistakes he makes?
    If he jumops on the bed when you told him not to and then does it any way and falls do you take the hurt and bruises away so he does not feel it?
    Why do you allow your child to suffer?

    This is one of the better answers I've seen to this question, but my only argument would be that as a human, I physically CAN'T take hurt away. But God....is God.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:24 PM on Sep. 14, 2012

  • In my religion suffering is required to grow, to learn or to achieve a soul correction. All of us come to this world for a reason and the challenges and hardships we go through are exactly what we need to achieve what we need to achieve.
    Everything comes from G-d and everything comes from love- even our suffering- because it's all for our own good. We may not understand why it's needed, but it's not by chance, or something an evil counterpart to H-d gives us or G-d being mean. It's just what we need

    Sharon
    momto2boys973

    Answer by momto2boys973 at 3:10 PM on Sep. 14, 2012

  • Furthermore, how could you appreciate the good without the bad? You can only appreciate light because there's darkness. If everything in everyone's life was peachy, without a negative situation or emotion, what would you strive for? What would motivate you?
    A life with zero suffering is a very pointless, purposeless, meaningless life.

    Sharon
    momto2boys973

    Answer by momto2boys973 at 3:12 PM on Sep. 14, 2012

  • God is not IN the equation. An imaginary deity cannot take action nor make decisions. It cannot interfer to either help or harm. Without god in the picture, it is easier to see that life is just hard. Rain falls on the just and the unjust. Cancer strikes the guilty and the innocent equally. I cannot say what I have "learned" from the tribulations that I've been through in my 62 years...other than the fact that we ARE on our own. There are no gods to save us, and we will perpetually be disappointed if we believe that there is.
    witchqueen

    Answer by witchqueen at 5:58 PM on Sep. 14, 2012

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