Why We Suffer

An elderly gentleman once said, “I can understand why God does not have more friends, considering how he treats the ones he has.”

While doctrinally incorrect, this quote aptly summarizes the mixed feelings many people have about God.

Believers and unbelievers alike are often ambivalent about God because they cannot reconcile their understanding of him with their afflictions.

If God is so great—e.g., loving, kind, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, sovereign, etc.—why does he let us suffer so much?

Why does he not use his power and authority to make our lives easier?

The answer is simple and logical, but not altogether satisfying from our perspective. We would like it to be different.

This section addresses the source of our suffering and ancillary topics.