Thursday, February 15, 2007

Suffering v.s existence of God?

I've had a brief conversation with my friend about Christianity last night. He was a catholic before. He raised a question that indeed induced me to think about it seriously. He questioned why there're so many suffering around if God really exists. We can probably understand/accept why bad guys have to suffer. But yet, why do "good" people or "innocent" people suffer?
So, I was thinking about it very seriously. It IS a hard question, but typical I guess. To me, as a christian, it's difficult to fully understand what God's will is. Sometimes people suffer because they are sinful. Sometimes God wants men to suffer for other purpooses, say to testify His love, to develop care between brothers and sisters...For example, why did Jesus, who has never sinned, suffer and die for us? Yeah. This is hard to get the reason. But through that God has testified to us how He loves us. (For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16)

So it's really difficult to understnad the full story behind. Very often we are bounded to the worldly definitions of 'good', 'bad' and 'suffering'. We begin to question and we lose our faith in God. So, we have to pray the Lord that He can give us wisdom. We've gotta realize that it's not the 'fortunate'/'unfortunate' encounters that matter. The process of it is sth that really matter. The fruitful thing is: we can always experience Him in the process, and the things He gave us are always good to us in the long run. This is what our faithful Lord has promised to us. So, let's have faith in Him.

P.S. Pray the Lord for opening my friend's heart, so that he can get the salvation soon.

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