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Why does God allow so much suffering?

Do you want to see me roll my eyes? Just ask me this question. I ask those who are mothers: why do you allow your child to hang out with the wrong crowd and learn the wrong things? Or allow your daughter to get involved with that guy that has absolutely no plans for the future?

Now your son became an addict and lives in an alleyway somewhere, without any plans for the future. As a mother, what are you going to do about it? Does it make sense to argue that if you truly existed, you wouldn’t have allowed him to reach this point? And your daughter, who got pregnant at a very young age and handed you the baby to raise? What if this baby grows up and chooses the same rebellious path as her mother because her mother and father were never present? What are you going to do about it?

I’m baffled to see how people always use the same diabolical arguments to defend their lack of faith. It’s as if God is to blame for everything that everyone does in the world.

That baby who grew up without a father or mother was innocent, yes, but that doesn’t mean she will not pay for her parents’ mistakes, unless she grows up and decides to break the cycle of unrighteousness they started. However, since this is rare, the cycle usually continues, and she blames God for it. She blames God for marrying the wrong person, when she’s the one that chose her husband. She blames God for losing her job, when she’s the one that decided to trust her boss. People blame God for natural disasters, when their name already says it all, they are NATURAL… or do you think nature is happy with humanity?

Man tests nuclear bombs in the oceans, tampers with the Earth’s structure, yet blames God for the earthquakes and tsunamis that happen around us?

Whatever you plant, you will reap. If your parents sowed unrighteousness, you will reap unrighteousness because of them, until you discover that you don’t have to live under the same curse they did. Then yes, you can decide to change your life’s course, put an end to this cycle and start a new one for yourself. A cycle of blessings.

God said:

Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse. Deuteronomy 11.26

In other words, you choose.

Do you want to be blessed or cursed?

Are you going to obey or disobey?

If your son listened to you and abandoned those bad friendships, he wouldn’t have gotten involved with drugs, but he wanted to disobey and therefore, he now reaps the fruit of his disobedience. And you, as a mother, suffer from afar, unable to do much, except pray and fast for him. Isn’t this what happens with God and His greatest and best creation? God suffers with all the unrighteousness we see around us, but He, as Father, cannot impose His will on us… He respects our decisions. Do you want Him to interfere? If so, then decide to listen to what He says!

In Deuteronomy 28, He talks a lot about this. It’s worth reading!

In faith.

Bishop Macedo
Bishop Macedo

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