Why Does God Allow Suffering?

One of the questions that is often asked is “Why does God allow suffering?”.  Here are some possible answers to that question.

Suffering can occur as a result of poor choices.  The consequences of our actions, or the actions of others, are a part of the price of human freedom.  We have the capacity to make mistakes, and sometimes we, or others,  must pay for those mistakes.  If we are free, then we are also responsible.

Sometimes God will use suffering to send judgement upon individuals or groups for failure to follow His plan, purpose or directives.  Often this is a form of corrective action, with the goal to get a person, or group,  back on track.

Sometimes suffering is an opportunity for us to showcase, or develop, human courage, compassion, fortitude, ingenuity and other qualities that are brought forth in times of trial.

Sometimes suffering is used to draw us closer to one another, or to help us realign our priorities.

Sometimes suffering is used to draw us closer to God.  He is able to be our comfort and our strength.

Suffering is not a good thing, but it can be used for good.  

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