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Pain and suffering are problems in life that everyone wonders about. Why should a righteous person suffer? Why does God allow his own children to suffer? The questions quickly rise to mind and on the surface seem reasonable, but a closer look at them reveals that they convey a certain meaning. These questions imply that human suffering is inconsistent with the love of God. As a God of love He either doesn't have the power to prevent suffering, or He has the power he just doesn't have the will. He might prefer us to live our own lives without intruding on us. Maybe we are to assume that the prevention of suffering should not be expected from a God of love who is also almighty. What if it is only the mind that causes people to suffer?
The answers may be found in the case of Job. Here is a man who looses everything he has, and is stricken with a tormenting disease, which separates him from man. Yet he says, "What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?"(2:10). Job believed that it was not his place to claim good as a
Right. In other words it was not legitimate for him to decide what God could and could not do.
But how can God be love, have all power, and still allow good people to suffer? Job was a righteous person. Job was more righteous than anyone, including his friends. Job was not suffering because he had sinned. He was suffering because he did not understand the meaning of suffering. Job was so virtuous among men and he suffered great pain, so people just assume that bad things happen to good people. Job never gave up his love and trust in
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