Why Does God Allow Suffering?

This is a direct outline of Ravi’s Youtube video. Ravi Zacharias has a way with his words in explaining God’s supreme love and why there is suffering. If you want to know more on the subject I recommend his book: Why Suffering? He gives an intellectual and knowledgeable explanation to the questions many of us have. Believers and non-believers. 

The supreme ethic that God has given to us is the ethic of love. It is the peak of all emotional and intellectual alinement. This thing we call love, which places value upon the other person. And is something to be protected.

You cannot have love without weaving in the freedom of the will. If you are compelled by some machine to do a certain decision, you can never love. You can comply, but you will never be choosing to express that sentiment and the reality of love.

If love is a supreme ethic and freedom is indispensable to love, and God’s supreme goal for you and for me is that we will love him with all of our hearts and love our neighbors, for him to violate our free will would be to violate that which is a necessary component so that love can flourish and love can be expressed.

If you are asking for God to always stop the trigger, why not God stop everything else? Every time you hold a cup of boiling water he turns it to frozen water. Next time you are about to cross the street and you’re going to be hit, he pulls your leg back.

What you’re asking for is a different entity than humanity. As wonderful as it may seem that in stopping that you think he is protecting you from that which is destructive, the greatest denial for which you are asking for is the freedom of your will, to be able to choose and love God with all your heart and all your soul.

You’ve got love as a supreme ethic and the freedom of the will to choose that love all of the other contingencies come in and can become explained why it is possible to either choose or to reject so that love an ultimately reign supreme.

If you want compliance and some kind of mechanical response your question itself will self destruct. You’re asking the question because you are free to ask it.  And you are free to ask it because you are free to love. And when you love Him in-spite of all that you see around you , you are trusting him for having the supreme wisdom and the knowledge to ultimately bring a pattern out of it all.

We think for example we know so much.

This story was once told of a man who lost his horse and ran away, and when the horse an away the neighbor came over and said, you know bad luck isn’t it? Your horse is gone. He said what do I know about these things. Few days later the horse came back with 20 other wild horses and the neighbor came back and said amazing it’s it? It’s not bad luck its good luck. You’ve got 20 more. The man says what do I know about these things. His young son is going and taming one of the young horses. That young horse kicks him and breaks his leg. The neighbor comes and says terrible isn’t it? You’re son’s leg is broken bad luck these horses came. The father says what do I know about good luck and bad luck? Few days go by and a bunch of thugs are coming looking for recruits to join their gang. They’re looking for all the bodily able young men. And they are about to pick this young man but find out his leg is broken and they say we don’t want him, we are going to move on to the next house. The man comes and says good luck isn’t it that your son’s leg was broken?

In one little series of episodes we don’t know what lies ahead. Why don’t you wait til you stand before God face to face and you will find out that there were reasons he didn’t stop that trigger so that you will see the heinousness of evil and see the majesty of love and good.

 

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