Asking the Wrong Question

"If there's a God, then why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?" I hear that question in one form or another almost daily. People reason that if there's a God, and He is good and loving, then there shouldn't be any pain or suffering. I say we're asking the wrong question. The better question is "Since there is a God, why isn't there more pain and suffering?" There is a God and He is holy, perfect, just and righteous. We sinned against Him; We committed treason against His authority; We attempted to overthrow His government in favor of our own! So, why isn't there more sickness, disease, pain and suffering? Why doesn't a holy, righteous God exercise His right to judge us and allow the evil we brought into this world through our sin to ravage us and destroy us? Are we innocent..... absolutely not! Do we not deserve the death penalty..... Of course we do! So why are things not worse than they are? Because God is a God of love, forgiveness and patience. He has every right to convict us and pronounce judgment upon us. He has every right to turn away from us and let this evil we brought about overwhelm us and destroy us. And yet... He saw fit, in mercy and grace, to make a way of redemption; A way to turn from our sin and be forgiven and cleansed from unrighteousness. The fact that there is no more sickness, disease and suffering than there is is proof positive that God exists. There is a God who is intervening in human affairs and holding back evil so that it can't flourish as it would. God's hand stays back the evil and keeps us from being as bad as we could be. God is patiently enduring our rebellion, waiting for those who would to come back to Him. But, it won't be that way forever..... time is running out.

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