One of the most popular arguments against believing God's Word being propounded today is If there is a God, why are so many people suffering?
As you may have noticed, we don't ignore tough questions around here, we take them on. This is like unto the altruists on TV news and in the fish-wraps constantly whining about poverty, as though it's some kind of morally virtuous condition worthy of your constant, unthinking, emotionalism-laden subsidy: The argument ignores entirely the truth of individual responsibility, because it is based primarily on spiritualism and fatalism!
If you are drowning in the ocean, crying out for help, and you are thrown a lifeline with a life-preserver/PFD at the end of it, once it hits the water near you, it becomes your responsibility to make an effort to grab a hold of it. I used to have a friend who totally ignored this underwhelmingly near-fetched principle. In his diseased mentality, if he walked out in front of a car and got hit, "it was the will of God" that he wound up in the hospital - What a crock! Today, his stomach is rotting away due to the drugs he used in his youth, and God have mercy on anyone who tries to minister healing to him, for he will not have any of it. This delusional atheo-illogy is propagated in Christendumb as "election", and parts of Romans 9 are quoted out of context to justify it, and usually by the same folks who laud 1 Corinthians 13:8 to the skies while willfully ignoring its context. 1 Corinthians 12-14 talk about the manifestations of Holy Spirit and their proper operation by the choice of the Believer.
To be fair, there are some instances where people happen upon unfortunate circumstances, or as an upshot of other's choices, but they are rare. The vast majority, if analyzed, can be traced back as consequences of poor choices on the part of the individual. This happens because most are conformed to this world in their thinking and attitude: Take the blame-whitie rationale of the so-called "social justice" movement as a prime example: A hundred fifty years of people polishing chairs with their backsides, getting drunk and smoking crack has somehow failed to produce a Utopian paradise of limitless wealth, so the same devil-spirit realm that operates through them uses the "Reverend" Wrights of the denominational religious world to run around screaming "God damn America!!!" Sorry pal, but everything wrong with your life is not due to some alleged injustice done your long-dead ancestors...Deal with it. Totally amazing how everyone's to blame for the failure of individuals these days except for the individual him/herself...Give me a break!
It is true that God chose His Children before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, Acts 13:48). This does not contradict nor negate the truth that those whom God chose, choose to believe Him (John 10:27, 14:15)! If we are to buy into the lies of spiritualists, even "Christian" spiritualists, that free will plays no part at all in this walk, then why are there so many commands to be obeyed in the Word!? The existence of the commandment implies the ability to choose to obey it (the more-detailed definition of believing), as well as the power to do so (John 1:12, Philippians 2:12,13). The reality underneath these "theological" aprons of fig leaves is people wanting to appear pious and religious while rejecting the Word of God.
"Why are so many people suffering?" Ignorance of the Word in some cases, and willful ignorance in many more (Hosea 4:6). Secular sources that teach much the same principle keys are available, but the purpose of genuine education is to light a fire, not just fill a bucket. Education without positive motivation is mostly a waste of time and resources, as public schools prove.
The great thing is this suffering and destruction need not be a permanent condition or an ongoing state. It is always available to recover and get back to living Life More Abundant (2 Corinthians 2:14). Genesis 40:1 - 41:43 record how Joseph went from being a slave and prisoner to being Prime Minister of Egypt. It didn't happen overnight. It took continual believing on his part to be ready when the opportunity for triumph presented itself...But it happened! Religion has become in many cases, just another worldly sanctuary for those who wish to be made comfortable and attractive in their unbelief. God's call is to come up higher and by your choice and actions induct yourselves into the Hebrews 11 "Believers' Hall of Fame".
It's not easy. It's not supposed to be, and many indications are that it's soon to become a lot less so. "Easy" is for lazy moochers and looters who want instant gratification, and someone else to blame for the consequences of their unbelief; of which the world is full, and from which it continues to suffer. REASON for Living is for those sick and tired of going to church and playing church, who instead, wish to live a life which is more than abundant.
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