IF GOD IS SO GREAT AND CAN DO ANYTHING, WHY IS THERE SO MUCH SUFFERING AND PAIN IN THE WORLD TODAY?

God did not originally create a world of pain and suffering.

Pain and suffering are part of our world today because, almost from the beginning of time as the bible records it, many people have ignored God.

An illustration: Imagine you and a friend are mucking around at your place one day and all of a sudden, by accident, one of you knocks a vase over and it smashes into a zillion pieces on the ground. Imagine how you’d feel and what your mum would be likely to say to you. Out of desperation and panic, you might go and grab a tube of glue to try and stick it back together again. However, no matter how long you took and how careful you were, the vase would never be the same again, would it?

That’s a bit like when God made the world. The Bible tells us;

God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good……………

(Genesis 1:31)

When God first made the world it was perfect, no pain or suffering. But what happened was, the very first people who lived decided to ignore God and rebel against God. It was as if they picked up this beautiful world and smashed it to pieces. It has never been the same since.

Because of this, pain and suffering are part of our world today.

The good news is that the Bible tells us about a perfect place called Heaven, which can never be wrecked. It is a place where there will be no pain or suffering.

And the really good news is that God wants you in Heaven. So God has made a way to heaven available to all people, through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Jesus said:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

(John 3:16) NIV

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