why does god let me suffer so much
The Bible plainly states that God is not to blame for human suffering. ÁLet no man say when he is tested, I am tested by God; for it is not possible for God to be tested by evil, and he himself puts no man to such a test. Á (,
The Bible in Basic English ) In fact, the idea that God is to blame for suffering is out of harmony with the way that the Bible describes GodÁs personality. How so? One of GodÁs primary qualities is love. ( ) To emphasize that point, the Bible portrays God as having feelings similar to those of a nursing mother. ÁCan a wife forget her suckling so that she should not pity the son of her belly? Á asks God. ÁEven these women can forget, yet I myself shall not forget you. Á ( ) Can you imagine a loving mother deliberately harming her child? A caring parent, on the contrary, would try to alleviate a childÁs suffering. Likewise, God does not cause innocent people to suffer. ÁÁ. Even so, innocent people are suffering. You may wonder, ÁIf God cares for us and is all powerful, why doesnÁt he get rid of the causes of suffering? Á God allows suffering to continue at present for good reasons. Consider just one: It is often people who cause suffering to others. Many bullies and tyrants who inflict pain are unwilling to change their ways.
So for God to remove a major cause of suffering, he will have to destroy such people. Explaining why God has not yet destroyed those who do wrong, the apostle Peter wrote: ÁJehovah is not slow respecting his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire any to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance. Á ( ) Jehovah GodÁs patience is an expression of his loving and merciful personality. Soon, though, Jehovah God will act. He will Árepay tribulation to those who make tribulationÁ for the innocent. Those who inflict unjust suffering will Áundergo the judicial punishment of everlasting destruction. ÁÁÁ. Ian, quoted earlier, found satisfying answers to his questions about suffering. What he learned changed his outlook on life. Read his account in the next article entitled. PeterÁs audience was suffering at the hands of other people, because they believed in Jesus. If you have endured persecution for Christ, you know how traumatic it can be. Peter offers some advice: following the example of his Savior, he encourages us not to repay evil for evil or insult for insult. Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing (íÀííííî, eulogeå), because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing (íÀííííí, eulogia) (1 Pet 3:8Á9 NIV). ÁBlessÁ those who harm me? You have got to be kidding. What is Peter talking about? The Greek words Peter uses (eulogeå and eulogia) both have to do with wishing favor upon someoneÁspecifically the type of favor wished on someone through prayer. We donÁt need a Greek dictionary to figure this out. Just look at the context: Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with eulogeå, because to this you were called so that you may inherit eulogia. From the context, we find the sense of the word. ÁFavorÁ works nicely: Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with favor, because to this you were called so that you may inherit favor. If we turn the other cheek, those attempting to inflict pain will be thrown off their game. They will be taken aback. They may even suddenly begin to favor us.
We see the English word ÁblessedÁ again in 3:14á ÁBut even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed (ííííîííî, makarios). Á First Peter 3:14 uses makarios, not eulogeå or eulogia. This is a different kind of ÁblessingÁ than what we see in 3:9. Makarios is the word we find in JesusÁ ÁBlessed are youÁ sayings in Matt 5. Jesus says: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matt 5:3Á6 NIV). All of JesusÁ sayings are about how God will vindicate His peopleÁwhat He will do for them in the future. In His next statement, Jesus even echoes PeterÁs logic in 3:9: Á Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercyÁ (Matt 5:7 NIV). If you show mercy, God will be merciful. If you show kindness to other people when they are cruel, they will likely be kind to you. Giving someone what they donÁt deserve changes everything, and it results in GodÁs favorÁHis future blessing. The apostle talks about this in depth in his second letter.
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