Top 50 Questions

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What are the top fifty spiritual questions asked by seekers?

Day 1:  If God is good, why is there pain and suffering?

God hurts when we hurt, but sometimes we can’t gain wisdom unless he allows us to suffer.

Your parents probably said no to you on many occasions—or at least on a few. “No, don’t touch the stove; it’s hot!” “No, don’t run into the street; you could get hit by a car!”

Unless you were a miracle child, you probably disobeyed them at least once or twice. Perhaps you put your hand on the stove though you’d been warned it was hot, finding to your stubborn surprise that they were right—you got burned. They weren’t mean parents, trying to spoil your fun. They weren’t evil parents, leaving the burner on purposefully to cause you pain. They weren’t even powerless parents, unable to keep you away from the hot stove.

They were good and loving. They sought to protect you, giving you the information you would need to make a wise choice (stove=hot!). But you just didn’t listen—you couldn’t gain that wisdom without suffering. And with that wisdom, a trust in your parents’ instruction was cultivated as well.

The presence of pain, suffering, and evil in the world does not cancel out God’s kindness, goodness, powerfulness, or Fatherhood—just as a child touching a hot stove doesn’t negate the kindness, goodness, or powerfulness of his parents.

Consider This:

  1. Does it challenge you to compare God to your parents? If so, why?
  2. If God is a good Father (as he calls himself in the Bible), how would that change your view on the difficult things you have experienced in life?

Take Action:

Look back at the pain and suffering you’ve experienced. List the good things that came as a result of them.

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