Can suffering be justified?

Why does suffering exist? Why do good people suffer? Can suffering be justified? No all immediately unjustified suffering will be ultimately unjustified. At least ten reasons exist for God to permit physical evil.

 

  1. Some physical suffering comes to us directly from our own free choices, e.g., overeating (1 Peter 4:3).
  2. Some physical suffering comes indirectly from the exercise of our freedom, e.g., laziness (Ecclesiastes 10:18).
  3. Some physical suffering comes from the free choices of others (John 18,19).
  4. Some physical suffering comes indirectly from the free choice of others, e.g., improper pre-natal care.
  5. Some physical suffering may be a necessary by-product of other good activities, e.g. boating may cause drowning.
  6. Some physical suffering may come as a result of the choices of evil spirits Matthew 17:14-15.
  7. Some physical suffering is God-given warnings of greater physical evils, e.g., hunger.
  8. Some physical suffering may be used by God as warnings against moral evil, e.g., sexually transmitted diseases.
  9. Some physical evil may be permitted as a condition of greater moral perfection. Job 23:10; Genesis 50:20.
  10. Some physical suffering occurs because higher forms live on lower forms (Genesis 9:3-4).

 

 

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