WHY HUMAN SUFFERING?
Every where you look in the world today, you see poverty, sickness, hunger, corruption, fear, unhappiness, just plain suffering.
From this many people claim that there cannot be a God, for if there were a God, he would not allow all this suffering to occur, but God did not bring these things upon us, humanity has brought them upon itself.
God has warned us that these things would occur only if we rejected him and his word, Leviticus 26:14-44.
God promised just the opposite of these things if we obey him. If humanity where to follow his word there would be peace, prosperity, and joy in the world.
For nearly 6,000 years humanity has been living in opposition to God and his laws, but God has allowed this for a purpose. We have been instilled with free moral agency, to freely choose between God's laws of love, and Satan's ways. In this way we can experience the results of both, to make the choice of our own free will. God wants people to come to him, but only of their own free will.
In living our life in opposition to the world, which is living according to God's word, we develop within us a more god like character.
God has designated a six thousand year period of time for humanity to accept either God's way, or Satan's way.
But there is a thousand year period of time coming in which Satan will be bound, unable to deceive anyone. During this thousand year time frame, peace and joy will return to all upon the earth, allowing mankind to look back and compare.
Someday we will look back upon God's plan with understanding, a time when suffering will no longer exist, unfortunately not every one will be able to enjoy it, the choice is yours to make, but the time to make it is now. The human mind cannot imagine the joy we will experience at the completion of God's plan, 1 Corinthians 2:9.
God has never abandoned mankind, mankind has abandoned God, and suffering has been a result of this. God has continually warned of suffering and disaster coming unless we repent and obey. (Is 9:16-17, Because the leaders teach the people in err they will be destroyed, the Lord will have no mercy on them.) See also Is 55:8-9 and 2 PET 3:9.
Is 24:4-11 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left. The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh. The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.
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