If God is so loving then why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?

God’s original plan was to have a perfect relationship with man and woman. God wanted righteousness and his plan was good. God did not want sadness, pain, loss or suffering of any kind. But God also wanted mankind to have the freedom to choose to love him or not. Mankind chose not to love and obey God and we have been suffering ever since. If you had a child and told him not to hit a brick wall and your child disobeyed and broke his hand, would it be your fault or the child’s? In the same way it is never God’s fault for the hurt that we see all around us.

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.

Romans 5:12

We all through Adam brought sin into this world and are suffering for it. It does not seem fair to us when a 2 year old has leukemia and there is no human explanation for these types of heartaches. The fact is that God being a holy God must judge with a righteous judgement. Without judgement there is no holiness and without holiness there would not be God. Can we understand it all? Of course not, but we do need to accept that it is.

That’s the bad news, now the good news. There is a way to avoid God’s judgement of hell. Your sin has to be judged. Someone has to be punished because you through Adam rebelled against God and were born into sin. Remember that God did not want it that way, but that is the way it is. God had a plan, he sent his Son, Jesus to take that punishment in our place. That is why Jesus died on the cross, he suffered and died a cruel death so that a holy God could judge and punish the sins of all mankind. Does that mean that everyone goes to heaven? No, God does not want to force everyone, but gives the freedom for people to choose. If you want your sins to be part of the sins that Jesus died for, you need to come to him and ask. Tell Jesus that you believe that he is the Son of God who died on the cross and rose the third day. Confess that you are a sinner and ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins. Ask Jesus to come into your heart and become your Lord and Savior.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9