Suffering and the God of Love #1 Intro

There is no doubt at all that the problem of suffering is one of the greatest problems a Christian has to face. It has probably caused more people to lose faith, and prevented more people from finding faith, than almost any other problem. It is the argument most often used by atheists when they want to try and prove that there is not a God. Their argument is usually something like this:

Christians believe in a loving, all-powerful God. But such a God would want to stop all the suffering in the world. He has not stopped the suffering, therefore either:

  1. He is all-powerful but not loving, or
  2. He is loving but not all-powerful, or
  3. He does not exist.

On the surface this seems a very strong argument, and we must never belittle the problem of suffering. All of us are touched by it at various points in our lives. No true follower of Christ can see or hear about a child born deformed, or people starving, or an entire town destroyed by an invading army, and not be touched by the distress of the victims. And when the suffering is our own it becomes even harder to accept.

But when we analyse the atheist’s question, we see that it is neither accurate nor fair. It assumes four things which are not necessarily true:

  1. that God is in some way responsible for suffering,
  2. that suffering is necessarily bad,
  3. that if God allows suffering when He has power to stop it, He is therefore lacking love, and
  4. that because God has not so far stopped suffering, He therefore never will.

What I want us to do is to look at each of these points in turn, and I hope that then we will have a more complete picture which will help us to understand suffering, and accept it. What we should not expect though is to fully understand everything. Do not expect every problem to be fully solved — to do that we would need to fully understand the mind of God.

Chris Furniss


Find to read:

  1. Does God stands behind all evil on earth
  2. Is God behind all suffering here on earth
  3. About Suffering
  4. Suffering
  5. Suffering continues
  6. Suffering produces perseverance
  7. Suffering leading to joy
  8. Suffering-Through the Apparent Silence of God – Foreword
  9. Surprised by time in joys & sufferings
  10. Self inflicted misery #1 The root by man
  11. Self inflicted misery #7 Good news to our suffering
  12. Self inflicted misery #9 Subject to worldly things
  13. Salvation, trust and action in Jesus #1 Suffering covered by Peace Offering
  14. Way of Life
  15. Working Of The Hope



Dealing with worries in our lives

An infection that seemed to spread with ease

War, why do people keep doing it


He Healeth all thy Diseases

Profitable disasters


Additional reading

  1. Unchanging God
  2. Righteousness of God
  3. Fog, brass and light for the eyes
  4. Beginnings and endings are significant
  5. If God is so good, then why do bad things happen?
  6. A Biblestudy about Job and Suffering
  7. Sometimes we face trials
  8. Evil in this world not bringing us down
  9. Foretold Messiah 2 a Voice giving The Word to His servants
  10. Hope with a Foundation
  11. Times to come
  12. Dying or not
  13. Separation from God in death, the antithesis of life
  14. ”Let Your Guilt Be Washed”
  15. Motivated by love
  16. Hanukkah gathering under the light in the darkness
  17. Pursuits in life
  18. Looking to a future #1 Thoughts by Robert Roberts & H. P. Mansfield
  19. Looking to a future #2 Going on the right road
  20. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise,
  21. I Can’t Believe That (1) … God would send anyone to hell
  22. I Can’t Believe That … (2) God would allow children to suffer
  23. An atlas of human suffering
  24. Reacting to Disasters
  25. Heed of the Saviour
  26. Partakers of the sufferings
  27. Partakers of His Suffering
  28. Be willing to access joy in the face of adversity
  29. Facing daily events and exclaiming “Good grief!”
  30. High recognitions . . . Diseases can be blessings, leading to the true recognition of God.
  31. Rejoice even though bound to grieve
  32. A love not exempting us from trials
  33. Suffering redemptive because Jesus redeemed us from sin
  34. Fear in your own heart or outside of it
  35. Faith and trial
  36. The blessing of a broken leg
  37. Pain and Suffering is inevitable but Misery is optional
  38. Epicurus’ Problem of Evil
  39. Character is built
  40. Praying to see troubles in the proper perspective
  41. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us
  42. God should be your hope
  43. Commit your self to the trustworthy creator
  44. You God hold the future
  45. Songs in the night Worship God only
  46. Getting out of the dark corners of this world
  47. Welcoming writing that can help to heal, to grow and to learn about ourself



  1. Do we get what we deserve?
  2. Suffering is up to us.
  3. What was Paul’s “Thorn in the Flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7)?
  4. See a Need, Fill a Need
  5. Why All People Suffer – Session One
  6. Painful days
  7. When does pain become suffering?
  8. Suffering out loud
  9. Suffering – part 2
  10. The Purposes of Suffering- Part 2
  11. Are we alone in our suffering?
  12. Sharing in Our Sufferings
  13. “surely our griefs He Himself bore”
  14. Reflection 66: Justice Through Mercy
  15. Why All People Suffer — Session Two
  16. For the suffering
  17. From Groans to Glory (Romans 8:18-30)
  18. Obedience from Suffering
  19. The Strength of Suffering
  20. One Key Thing We Need in Order to Rejoice During Trials
  21. Prayer for the Healing of Suffering

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