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If God is so good, why doesn't He wipe out suffering?

This is a question we cannot completely answer, because we don't know all God's purposes and plans.
  • But from my human perspective as a Christian, I find this kind of question somewhat lacking in self-awareness, because so much of the suffering in the world is caused by us.
  • Imagine what it would be like if God did choose to wipe out all causes of suffering and wrong in the world. What would He do with us?
  • Which of us could stand up and say we have never contributed to the very things we most dislike about life?

Can anyone actually say they have never knowingly hurt someone else?
For instance, how can we blame God for starving babies around the world, when many of our bestselling books in the United States are on dieting, i.e., the overconsumption of food?
  • It is not God's fault that people are starving today.
  • The earth's population has enough food to give every person 3,000 calories a day.
  • The problem is, some of us hoard food for ourselves, therefore, others go to bed hungry.
  • It is a cop-out to blame God when the vast majority of human evil and suffering is a direct result of human irresponsibility.
  • The truth is, none of us are what we want to be, nor what we ought to be.
  • If God did wipe out all evil, I would end up as nothing more than a pile of ash.