Growing up, I was taught all there is to know about Christianity, but my family didn't put a lot of emphasis in trying to get to know the religions of other people from around the world. As a result, I had a lot of questions once I became an adult and started to do some traveling. I found myself visiting different churches and places of worship to get answers, and most of what I learned was simply fascinating. Today, I enjoy helping others understand the differences and similarities between various religions because I feel that it brings us closer together as humans. So I started this blog to provide insight and information about some of the most notorious religions of all time. I hope you enjoy what you find here!
It's easy to think that in an ideal world, there would be no suffering. Unfortunately, real life is full of suffering. People get sick or lose their jobs. Sometimes people even die. Believing in a loving God can be difficult in the face of tragedy. However, many Christians find comfort in religion. If you're struggling to reconcile the idea of God and evil, there are resources that can help you. Here are four things you can learn about the Christian view of suffering in the world:
1. God is sovereign
Christians believe that God is sovereign. The Bible calls Him the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. God is the rightful ruler of creation, above all others. For this reason, His will is to be respected. Since God is Lord of all, it's not the place of humans to question His judgment. If God causes something negative to happen, it's for a good reason. God is omniscient, omnipotent, and righteous. It's Christians' responsibility to defer to Christ in all things, even when doing so is difficult.
2. God's ways are higher than mankind's ways
God existed before the universe. He spoke all of creation into being. Since God is vast and omniscient, He understands more about the nature of all things than humans do. Christians cope with suffering in the world by recognizing that humans' understanding is limited. What looks like suffering may ultimately be for the best. Only God can know what good is since He is in charge of everything.
3. God has prepared a place of eternal peace for his children
Christians also understand that life is temporary. God has prepared a place for His children in heaven. Everyone who loves God and believes in Christ will go to be with Him one day. The trials that people suffer on earth are temporary.
4. God is always with people who suffer
One of the worst parts of suffering is the way it can make people feel completely alone. When you're in pain, you may feel isolated from the people around you. However, it's important to remember that you are never alone. God is always with you. Even when you go through trials and pain, God is by your side. You can pray to God and ask Him for comfort and strength. Remembering that God loves you and cares about your well-being can help you through difficult times.