God is Sovereign… God’s LAWS ARE GOVERNING everything in life but He has given us dominion to operate within these laws [That means we can choose to work our will within the Laws of God]. A VIDEO GAME explains it well. A programmer designs everything that can happen in a video game. When someone plays a video game every choice has consequences. [A player cannot add to the game or take from it, he/she can only play it according to the design]. Each person is given a WILL which is like being given a controller…
God Programmed Our World When we take our life and live it contrary to God’s Will who’s responsible? If our choices lead to bad results and suffering is it bad programming?
The World is Like a body of Water Each decision we make is like dropping a rock into that water. From the rock hitting the water ripples like waves expand in all directions. Multiply the rippling effect by everyone else… We are NOT playing the game of life ALONE.
Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
God Didn’t Baby Proof the World Baby proofing a room means removing ALL the choices a parent does not want the baby to make… This is good while the baby is still a baby; however, keeping the room baby proofed forever would retard a child from growing up!
Most Suffering Comes From Human Decisions… Evil in the world comes from treating others in any way we would NOT want to be treated. “Love your neighbor as yourself” this is God’s RULE for us.
Other possible causes of suffering are… If life is like a Video game then who are ALL the players? God Angels People Animal Kingdom “Mother” Nature Satan and demons
Who is or What is MOST responsible? God? Angels? MAN? Animals? Devils & Demons? “Mother” Nature? Anyone or anything else?
MAN AS SOURCE OF SUFFERING: What WE do effects others… Our choices have consequences for us and OTHERS for good or for bad… Our decisions can have devastating results on OTHERS.
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. Galatians 6:7,8 God’s Sovereignty is in the PROGRAM of Life!
Life is UNFAIR…BECAUSE God’s will is NOT being done! The world is full of corruption, deceptions, lying, along with human reasoning & justifications, rationalizations, and denials, relative morals & ethics, and doing what is best for self…all contribute to life being unfair! When things don’t work out people RAISE their fists toward God and curse HIM for the injustice!
GOD AS SOURCE OF SUFFERING… God’s activity according to the Bible produces suffering mostly through chastising, discipline, and judgment. He chastises in rebuking, correcting, and admonishing us to obey His commands. He disciplines us to free us from the influences of sinful desires. He judges us many times by letting us have what we deserve.
For example: God judged the world with Noah’s Flood God judged Egypt & Pharaoh with the plagues to free Israel from slavery God sent various judgments upon disobedient Israel while in their land and then removed them from it… In personal relationship with us God convicts us of sin, pricks our conscience, and prompts us with guilt to repent.
ANGELS AS SOURCE OF SUFFERING… Angels are sent by God to minister and help God’s people. However, God has used angels to destroy Jericho, smite to death thousands, and will remove from the earth those who offend at the harvest at the end of the age.
SATAN AND DEMONS AS SOURCE OF SUFFERING… The suffering they bring is primarily through deception and lies. Their efforts (temptation; oppression; depression & possession) are to get us to do the wrong things in order for the laws of God to bring back upon us a curse and NOT a blessing. Demon possession is the final condition of pursuing rebellion towards God.
THE ANIMAL KINGDOM AS SOURCE OF SUFFERING… Since the fall of man it has been “devouring and being devoured” (Predators & prey) in life and death survival Diseases, illness, plagues, and infections, through germs, parasites, mosquito, fly & flea and other bug bites… Crop devastation through infestations such as worms, caterpillars, locusts, and other insects…also the competition for food with large herds, flocks, and schools of mammals, birds, fish, rodents, etc…
What about “Mother Nature” and Natural Disasters? They create great suffering why do they happen? Is God Angry? Is it His Wrath?
Through God we were supposed to control the animal kingdom and the natural world! [Gen. 1:26] When Adam & Eve rebelled against God we lost our connection to God…the result is a world without someone to control it. By spoken words we were supposed to exercise dominion… Like Cars without drivers…or at least good ones!
Don’t MOST of the world’s suffering come from these HUMAN things? Wars, conflicts, violence, killing, stealing, destroying, lying, deceiving, prejudice, hoarding, poverty, spread of sickness and disease, death and dying, immorality, addictions, abuse, divorce, rape, incest, envy, jealousy, pride, arrogance, lust, greed, selfishness, abandonment, neglect, devaluation of human life, fear, hatred, strife, anger, malice, pornography, gambling, quest for power, disrespect for authority, rebellion, disobedience, willfulness…DID I MISS SOMETHING? It’s a long list…
What is Sin & the Curse? Sin is at the core pride coupled with selfishness. [We love ourselves more than others…if we love others at all.] The Curse is the result of the fall of mankind from God’s grace. It is death and dying, sickness, disease, illness of all kind-- (body, soul, emotions, mental, heart) affecting humanity & nature. [See Deuteronomy Chapter 28] We are cursing ourselves by living unloving lives in a world meant to be governed by (God kind) love.
Sin has separated US from God This IS the reason for suffering in our world…It is rebellion towards God’s Will. THINK ABOUT IT …who’s will do we REALLY want to do? Sin is NOT wanting God’s will BUT OUR OWN!
Complicating this issue…that our own sin is causing suffering… Our Human (sinful) nature is what we are born with/or into. This nature is NOT something we can rid ourselves from. Our (Personal) bondage to sin nature is unbreakable. The power for this incurable condition is NOT the devil, our mothers, or our own will—it is the law of God. [I Cor. 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.] Law of Genesis: Everything reproduces after its own kind…
Therefore: Sinners Reproduce Sinners! Our nature NATURALLY opposes the WILL of God. Our nature NATURALLY wants to do our own WILL. Our nature NATURALLY causes suffering because selfishness & pride produce acts that are EVIL. We cannot walk away from our NATURE!
Trapped in Sin? Listen to these verses… John 8:34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. Romans 7:14 For we know that the Law is spiritual; but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. Romans 7:19 For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish. Romans 7:20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not wish, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
God didn’t leave us without hope or help… People are going to disobey God by nature; God gives us a choice! God made a way to overcome the law of bondage in us! He sent Jesus Christ to pay the Law’s requirements against our sins on our behalf. Ro 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
“Wages/payment/consequences” of sin is DEATH! THE SOUL THAT SINS WILL DIE! [ Ezekiel 18:20] Jesus said: "I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish." [Luke 13:5] Death means eternally separated from God! God is Holy and NO sin can ever be in HIS presence…
For He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. [2Co 5:21] Jesus came to bring peace between God and man…through repentance, surrendering to God’s Will, AND being born again!
When We belong to God…He can and does INTERVENE… Through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ we have a NEW COVENANT! If we understand the dilemma we’re in, and seek to find a way out of the curse and the fall, we can come to Christ and become ONE IN SPIRIT with God. This gives God the right to INTERVENE on our behalf to provide, protect, guide, heal, rescue, deliver, restore, bless, keep, save— through the ATONEMENT in Christ Jesus.
Warning! Mark 8:35 "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. John 12:25 "He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Jesus said, "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” [John 10:10]
God will bring an END to suffering! How can God NOT stop the suffering now? If God stops the suffering HE MUST STOP THE VIDEO GAME! This world would end…no more human free will… When He stops the video game there is no more freedom to choose…God is going to rid the virus called sin from the video game of life. There will be no more rebellion, lying, stealing, pain, sorrow, killing, and destroying in ALL His kingdom! [Revelations 21:4]
God Has endured the suffering of our world 24/7… God gave us dominion and didn’t take it back when man used it to do evil! God is not a liar… God’s wrath is certainly full! His Punishment will be severe and just. When Jesus Christ comes again…He is coming to stop the suffering!
Why is God waiting? For everyone to choose whom they are going to serve… If self and sin or surrender to His Christ When the last person to accept Christ and repents comes to God…He will end the suffering!
Want to know more… Contact the Church: Lord of Lords Bible Community Church 32 Clearwater Drive Waretown NJ, 08758 609/971-9700 “You Must Be born again…” John 3:3 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16