Podcast

Question 3: Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?

Biblical reflection upon this very difficult question points us to a God who has an infinitely superior wisdom and purpose, and who has personally entered into our pain and suffering to an extent we will never fully comprehend. In part 3 of Explore God, Pastor Dan Cox reads from 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 and Romans 8:18-25.

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Study Notes

The Problem of Evil

The existence of evil, pain and suffering in the world argue against the existence of a God who is all good, all knowing and all powerful.

Philosophical Reflection

  • Free Will Defense
  • Greater Good
  • Soul-Making
  • Best Possible World

Biblical Reflection

  • The Comfort of the Gospel
  • The Hope of the Gospel
  • The Eternal Glory of the Gospel
  • Patient and Confident Waiting

The Eternal Weight of Glory: Some “Sanctified Speculation”

Emotional Reflection

  • The physical pain and suffering of Jesus
  • The emotional pain and suffering of Jesus
  • The spiritual pain and suffering of Jesus

Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?

Biblical reflection upon this very difficult question points us to a God who has an infinitely  superior wisdom and purpose, and who has personally entered into our pain and suffering to an extent we will never fully comprehend.

Applying the Text

  • Serve the suffering with your prayers and your presence
  • Rest in the comfort and hope of the gospel
  • Do good and make a difference