If God doesn’t exist, then there’s no objective and absolute standard for good. If there’s no good, then there’s no evil. If there’s no evil, then there would be none of its felt reality — that is pain, suffering. Yet we are increasingly being aware of pain and suffering and evil that accost us, day-by-day from place-to-place.
Every world problem can be traced back to a problem in the human heart. That is the heart of the problem. Since the fall of man (recorded in the biblical Genesis account), we have been sliding down the slippery slope of human life because of rebellion to God. Wars, famines, diseases, and even private torment of individual souls — all these are effects of our sins. Even nature has been on a steady path of denigration, deterioration, devastation. We see increasing frequencies and intensities of natural calamities. The authoritative Word of God had diagnosed this very hearty problem lo….ong ago, but He did not leave us abandoned to its effects. The paradise was lost in Genesis, and the paradise is regained in Revelations; everything in-between is the great story of redemption. JESUS came to identify with our humanity, and although being perfect and sinless, took our sins and ultimately suffered at the cross as the perfect atonement. (John 3:16) He paid the price we ought to pay but could never. And after 3 days He rose again! Now He calls us to a resurrected life, and those who believe in Him will receive redemption and restoration. He came not to make bad people good; He came to make dead people live.
Our pains and sufferings are pointers to the reality that we are dead in our trespasses, and that we need a Savior. Jesus, with His nail-pierced hands, has conquered the sin & the grave. And He has promised hope and life to us who believe, even as we sojourn this broken world. We need Him. The world needs God!
Why does suffering still exist?? Because evil still exist, and Jesus is still drawing people to Himself. But the DAY is fast approaching, when finally … “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)