Christians as we are, we have lived by the principle that God is an all-good God. And by virtue of the definition of goodness, we expect that He would not allow something tragic to befall us. But would it defy His being all-good God if he does really allow even one to surface?
For the past years, aged and not-so aged Christians would claim, that God would not allow his children to suffer. Then does it mean, when we commit a sin, God will forego the corresponding punishment? If it were so, would it question His being all good God?
Second, how about those who are so obedient to God, but suffered so many adversaries in life? Would we believe that they had been trully obedient or would we force the idea, that in some way or another, they had sinned?
Above are some premises that had been logically presented. These,I think are some of the most controversial questions that humanity is facing.
By God’s grace, this is what I do think:
Can we all go back to the life of Job (character in the Bible)? Reading the whole book would be nice.
Job’s friends surely believed that God is an all good God. That is, he is fair in giving all his judgement while keeping a great composure of love. All the arguments that they had presented seems legit to me, except one. They claimed, that God would not allow suffering to befall on an innocent man, like Job. Why? Because human as we are, we don’t accept any innocence in a man. We tend to reject all innocence in a man, knowing that all humans have sinful tendencies.
All of Job’s friends believed on the theory that all good people prosper and bad people suffer; therefore suffering must convey some hidden sin. A pool of lies and allegations were thrown to Job, but by God’s grace he responded well to them, saying; “You however smear me with lies; you are worthless physicians, all of you!”
Suffering doesn’t always come as a direct product of a sin. It is widely known that the Bible supports a world renown idea that “a man reaps what he sows”. But we don’t have all the right to apply that general principle to a specific person.Read the final verdict of God to the idea presented by Job’s friends in Job 42:7, you would be amazed on how God defended Job.
Well to give you some biblical characters in the bible that were considered innocent but suffered great deal of sufferings; 1st Abel, and 2nd Uriah.
Above all Jesus Christ himself proved in John 9: 1-12 that neither the blind man nor his parents sinned. For He said in v. 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned”, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life”.
Why do we always see God, as an all good God who won’t give suffering as a gift? Sometimes we forget that God is our father, and within its context, wouldn’t he discipline those he loves? And who does He love? His children right?