Dear brothers and sisters in Christ and those still exploring the Christian faith, today we will tackle one of the most challenging questions that every human being asks at some point: Why is there evil and suffering?
First and foremost, let us understand that our God is a loving and just God. He created a perfect world and gave us the free will to choose between good and evil. Unfortunately, our first human ancestors, Adam and Eve, chose disobedience instead of obeying God's commandments, hurting people, and Sin entered the world.
From that moment Sin became an inevitable part of our existence. Sin causes pain, suffering, and death. It breaks relationships, causes wars, creates injustice, and leads to human suffering. We naturally blame God for the evil and suffering we see around us. However, it is essential to note that God didn't and doesn't cause us to Sin; we sin because we have free will.
Note: God didn't want a bunch of Puppets, or He would have made everyone just how He wanted them. Instead, He gave us the ability and responsibility to choose Salvation through His Son or reject His plan and receive the results.
God's love is seen through how He has dealt with the evil and suffering in the world. He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for us. Through Jesus' Death and Resurrection, we are no longer bound by Sin and death. We are offered Eternal life if we put our faith in Him.
Moreover, God comforts us in our pain, sorrow, and suffering. He promises to be with us always. In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, it says, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we, ourselves, receive from God."
Let us also not forget that God uses suffering to shape and mold us into who He wants us to be. Romans 5:3-4 states, "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope."
In conclusion, evil and suffering exist because of Sin and the free will that comes with it. However, God's love is seen in His sacrifice for us through Jesus Christ, His comfort in our suffering, and His ability to use it to grow us. Remember to trust in Him during difficult times and share this hope and comfort with those who are hurting. Thank you for listening, and may God bless you all.