God is not the cause of suffering. Many within the Evangelical church believe that pain and suffering are from God. Some radicals feel that hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters are God’s vengeance. These types seem to live in a real life Dungeons and Dragons game rather than being followers of Christ. Imagination is a good, but we must not get carried away. If you think God causes suffering he/she is not the God I serve. Here is the deal humanity in itself is the cause of suffering. We start suffering before birth and continue to suffer until our death. Suffering is human nature. It is not of God, it is of humanity.
Countless times I have talked with those who were once Christians or grew up in a Christian home who reject Christianity due to a misunderstanding of suffering. Often Christians will quote Sodom and Gomorrah as an example without consulting Jesus and his interpretation. Jesus was asked whose sin caused this man to suffer; his parents or his own? Jesus said neither. The suffering was for the glory of God. Life is suffering, all suffering can bring us closer to God or drive us away. That is the human condition.
Do You Wonder Why People Leave God?
Imagine yourself flying from Hawaii to Los Angeles. Throughout the flight you are looking down on the beautiful ocean. Then you start to see land and the smog below. Humans are destructive. We destroy as we self-destruct. Like mold on a piece of white bread, the mold will spread and destroy the whole piece. We need to be honest with ourselves. Teaching our children or a new believers that God is behind our suffering is an imaginary way of trying to make peace with our condition. We blame it on God and teach our children to blame it on God. Do you wonder why people leave God? We teach them he is this creator who brings vengeance, suffering, illness and disasters on humanity.
Let’s not forget we also teach our children and new believers that if we do not get it right we are thrown into a lake of fire. This teaching must stop. We must rid ourselves of what we have been taught and think rationally. No good God is going to cause suffering. No good God will banish people to eternal torment. Finally we must ask ourselves why a good God would make humanity to be creatures of suffering.