Given recent world events many people are wondering how could a good God allow such horrible tragedies to occur?  In order to understand why we need to look at how the Bible recounts tragedy.

Consequences of the fall of mankind

Gen 3:16-24
God tells Adam and Eve that suffering would start because of sin.

Exod 1:8-14
These are God’s chosen people who are suffering.  This suffering is an example of how universal this is.

Deut 28:15-68
When people are rebellious against God, they will suffer.  Even nature can turn against people.

So, part of the problem of human suffering is human sin.  We must understand that not all suffering is a direct consequence of personal sin. 
Job 1:1-3:26
Job didn’t sin, but God let trouble come to Job to show that he is righteous.  Satan does play a role in all human suffering.  God is in control and suffering does have a purpose. 

Psalm 22:11-18
Pain can be extreme and God is not removed from human suffering.  God gave his perfect Son to give people hope.

Lamentations 1:1-3
Human suffering is a reality in God’s written word. 

Sufferings of Christ and His Followers

Luke 13:1-5
Jesus hears news that people had died at the hand of Pilot.  These people were doing the right thing.  The listeners were asking why?  Jesus says that people don’t die because of how bad they are.  He says to look at your life and be right with God.

Luke 24:45-47
Jesus suffered here on earth.  Jesus was perfect and he was not protected from suffering.  God does understand our sufferings.  God is calling us to him whatever our circumstances.

2 Tim 3:10-12
Paul suffered for his faith and for his work for Christ. 

1 Pet 5:6-11
God cares for you.  Satan is looking for ways to make us suffer.

1 Pet 4:12-19
Keep rejoicing if you are reviled for the name of Christ.  Our souls are in God’s hands.  Don’t be surprised when terrible things happen, but trust in God.

Rev 6:7-11

Rev 16:1-21

Terrible events happen in the world as God is calling people to judgment.

Hope for Eternity

Rev 21:1-4
God will do away with death and pain by removing sin.

Romans 8:16-18
We are heirs to God and he will reveal glory to us in heaven.

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