Why Does God allow suffering

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					Hearing God from the Bible
Sunday November 8, 2009

The congregation volunteered questions about God.
Following which the congregation gave scriptures that came to mind relating to the topic.
Two additional passages were read devotionally followed by congregational sharing of what seemed
significant. Comments can be found at
     Acts 3:1-10
     Ezekiel 34:1-25 highlighted on verse 11

Why Does God allow suffering?

Lamentations 3:31-33
31For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. 32Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is
his unfailing love. 33For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.

1 Corinthians 10:13
13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be
tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can
stand up under it.

2 Corinthians 4:8-12
8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not
abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that
the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11For we who are alive are always being given over to death
for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. 12So then, death is at work in us, but life is
at work in you.

Romans 5:3-5
3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured
out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Romans 8:18
18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Hebrews 5:8-10
8Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9and, once made perfect, he became
the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10and was designated by God to be high priest in the
order of Melchizedek.

Why was God so harsh in the Old Testament but Loving in NT?

Hebrews 13:8
8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Exodus 34:6-7
6And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness,
rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for
the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.”

Ezekiel 36:24-26
24“ ‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your
own land. 25I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities
and from all your idols. 26I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your
heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Why did God Command people to Kill when he said “do not murder”?

Romans 13:4
4For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for
nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

Genesis 18:31-32
31Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found
there?” He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.” 32Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but
let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will
not destroy it.”

God did command King David to kill

Matthew 8:5-6
5When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6“Lord,” he said, “my servant
lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.”

Job 1:12
12The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not
lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

How to best spend my time?

Matthew 6:33
33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
1There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 2a time to be born and a time to
die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to
build, 4a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5a time to scatter stones and
a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, 6a time to search and a time to give up, a time
to keep and a time to throw away, 7a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Psalm 119:9-11
9How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. 10I seek you with all my heart; do
not let me stray from your commands. 11I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Psalm 37:4
4Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Ephesians 6:18
18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and
always keep on praying for all the saints.

Romans 12:6-8
6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in
proportion to his faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him
encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern
diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

If God is creative and we are to be like him; When we try to be creative are we to use
our own design or to use only that given by God?

Hebrews 4:12-13
12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to
dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all
creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we
must give account.

2 Corinthians 5:17-18
17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18All this is from
God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

1 Peter 4:10
10Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its
various forms.

Exodus 31:6
6Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill
to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you:

Psalm 139:14
14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
When is it time to give up and walk away from on unfair work situation? When do
you know that God is no longer fighting for you in a situation?

John 14:27
27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts
be troubled and do not be afraid.

Luke 10:10-12
10But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11‘Even the dust of your
town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.’ 12I tell
you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

Romans 12:17-19
17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible,
as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room
for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

Isaiah 30:21
21Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way;
walk in it.”

1 Peter 2:20
20But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing
good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.

Romans 8:35-38
35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or
nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered
as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved
us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the
future, nor any powers,

Ephesians 6:12
12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the
powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Exodus 14:14
14The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

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