Why does God allow pain and suffering


Why do bad things happen to good people:

This question has been ask many times over the generations.  Why do bad things happen to good people?  Lets explore this from a biblical point of view.

We read in the book of Genesis that when God created all things that it was very good  Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

This very good condition was the plan for all of Gods creation.  Before Adam and Eve sinned there was no pain and suffering and further more no death.  We are told of this in Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

From that time on spiritual death came upon Man. Because of this, Man has continued to defy the God who created him in his image.  In all of this God had never imposed his will on us in any way, instead  he has allowed us to choose to follow him or not.

The Bible tell us the current state of Man as stated in Psalms 14:3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Here we find that there is not one person who is good in the sight of God.  Again in Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. We have all broken Gods commandants and are worthy of the judgment of God. 

Even as a baby we are separated from God as stated in Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.  

So you see that there is no such thing as a good person. If God would give us what we deserve, I'm afraid that we would all drop dead in an instance.  But because of His mercy, He bears long with us  1Titus 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

So when things go wrong it's not Gods fault, He never planned for us to live in the condition that we are currently living in.

What can we do about it:

Even though we are evil by nature, God still loves and cares for us.  One of the most quoted Bible scripture is John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus death on the cross  paid the full price for each one of us. 1Corinthians 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  Here we find that we are worthy of death, This is a debt that will take an eternity in Hell to repay.  The word of God is Holy and righteous, the debt must be paid.

This is where Jesus comes in. He paid the price for each one of us.  To obtain this gift, we need to turn to God and accept him as our Lord and Saviour.  1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

1John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Moving forward:

When we accept Jesus  as our Lord and Saviour we are a new creature in God, 2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

We are reminded  in Acts that our walk in Christ will not be an easy one Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

We are again reminded of this in the following scriptures:

Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

Luke 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.

John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

All that we need can be found in the Bible. We do not need the remedies of man to direct our path. This is plainly spoken against in:

Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psalms 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psalms 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psalms 1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Psalms 1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Psalms 1:6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

We are told in Isaiah 9:6 that Jesus is our counselor.  Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Our reward:

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.


For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.  2Chronicles 16:9


** Note all references are taken from the King James Version.