Why Does God Allow Suffering? Tony Costa

This is a question that athiests, non-Christians and even Christian believers ponder. Why does God allow suffering?
This is Tony Costa on 100 Huntley Street explaining as best he can as to why? His book “The Reason For God” is one that I have on my to-read-list.

God Bless

Brian Mason

More Problems With Buddhism # 2

Why is it that Buddhists seem (in general) to believe that life is just suffering? How can they explain that there is a significant percentage of the world population who see life as joyful, and full of happiness?

It seems that the worldview of Buddhism is built upon the subjective experiences of Buddha’s personal and direct experiences. The idea that Buddha’s outlook was that life is packed with suffering with no actual value on the person.

Now suppose that an individual sees misfortune and oppression as a positive life experience to gain value and knowledge from life’s difficulties? Hmmmm

Christianity looks at death suffering as a direct result of “The Fall.” The fall was a product of Adam’s rebellion against God.

Genesis 3: 17-19 (NASB)

Then to Adam, He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;
Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the plants of the field;
19 By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.”

Yes we have suffering in the world and why God allows it to still happen could be answered this way; God may use suffering as a way to do good. He uses tribulation to bring about perseverance.

Romans 5: 1-5 (NASB)

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

As always please pray for the person ensnared in the “New Age” religion of Buddhism. The Buddha is dead, Jesus Christ conquered death and is living and seated at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human! Buddha’s philosophy is a deceptive product of Satan to lull people to Hell!

God Bless

Brian Mason

Why Would God Allow “Unnecessary” Suffering?

Since God is God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent, why would He allow “unnecessary” suffering?

By stating the word, “unnecessary” does that mean that it is “unnecessary”? By the fall of Adam, we brought this into the world by our his free will, that was God given. To say the word “unnecessary” we must first put it into context. First, how can you ascertain a definition as to what unnecessary suffering is? God can allow such suffering in the world as a direct result of rebellion against Him.

When the attack on the World Trade Center occurred, it was quite common to hear “where was God when this happened?” My answer and others were “right where you put Him.” Remove Him from schools, disobey His commands, celebrate sin and pure paganism by worshiping idols and coveting and ask why God would allow this is a self-answering question.

You see, by stating the word “unnecessary” only does not mean it is correct! By saying the word, you must know what “necessary” suffering is. We do not know this answer as mere mortals, and we likely deserve more! I would like to think that if God was NOT in control how horrific a planet we would have! He puts the brakes on sin through His holy grace!

Remember that ALL suffering is a direct result of human free will resulting in sin. It is Adamic in nature as well as our human nature to sin!

Remember that the suffering will not go on forever for the believers. We have a Savior, and His name is Jesus Christ!

Romans 1: 20 (ESV)

20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Why Does God Allow Crime To Continue?

A question that has long faced God’s believers. There is not an easy answer to this issue, and it should be left up to attributing it to a mystery of God. To me, it would seem that all the sufferings are necessary for Gods overall plan. The Lord Jesus will put everything straight so we must wait. Many times in my personal life I have been cheated, and crimes have been committed against friends and me and family members. When stepping back, I could see on this earthly level that they seemed actually to turn out to have a purpose. Some don’t seem like there is a reason, but I know that God has a plan for everything.

Isaiah 46:10, “Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure

Psalm 73 sheds some light as well;

Truly God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped.
3 For I was envious of the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For they have no pangs until death;
their bodies are fat and sleek.
5 They are not in trouble as others are;
they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace;
violence covers them as a garment.
7 Their eyes swell out through fatness;
their hearts overflow with follies.
8 They scoff and speak with malice;
loftily they threaten oppression.
9 They set their mouths against the heavens,
and their tongue struts through the earth.
10 Therefore his people turn back to them,
and find no fault in them.[a]
11 And they say, “How can God know?
Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12 Behold, these are the wicked;
always at ease, they increase in riches.
13 All in vain have I kept my heart clean
and washed my hands in innocence.
14 For all the day long I have been stricken
and rebuked every morning.
15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
I would have betrayed the generation of your children.
16 But when I thought how to understand this,
it seemed to me a wearisome task,
17 until I went into the sanctuary of God;
then I discerned their end.
18 Truly you set them in slippery places;
you make them fall to ruin.
19 How they are destroyed in a moment,
swept away utterly by terrors!
20 Like a dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
21 When my soul was embittered,
when I was pricked in heart,
22 I was brutish and ignorant;
I was like a beast toward you.
23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength[b] of my heart and my portion forever.
27 For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
28 But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.

God Bless

Brian Mason