Why do innocent people suffer in our world?

United States
January 4, 2007 7:32pm CST
This is a question that I've pondered for quite some time. If God is all good why does he allow suffering. I've received many religious answers to this question, but I'm curious what other people think. Is there a rational explanation?
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• United States
28 Jan 07
As the saying goes "that which does not kill you, only makes you stronger". I've pretty much been through helll and back and while many would say I would have every right to be bitter and questioning I've decided to learn from these hardships. They've made me stronger and more appreciative of what I DO have. And it's not always GOD that creates suffering.. sometimes our own free will causes it or even Satan himself. Of course God has the ultimate decision but he gave us the free will for a reason and I think he will sometimes stand back to perhaps teach us a lesson. While we can't always understand WHY... I guess it's a matter of faith to believe there IS a real reason.
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@suren2k6cse (2626)
• India
21 Jan 07
its sin on the earth. example people it srilanka
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@Avichail (694)
• Indonesia
21 Jan 07
Ravi Zacharias has a book titled, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People". It explains the whys behind suffering. Yet as great as the reasons are, I believe the first start should never be "Good People". God Himself in the Bible said, "There is none righteous, not even one;... There is none who does good, there is not even one. (Romans 3:10-12)." We want to think we are good enough not to receive sufferings, but even the most righteous person ever lived remains such sinful creator before God in this sinful world. That is why we all suffer, we actually deserve it. But God with His wisdom changes that suffering into goodness and more often than not we can only see it in the retrospect and then thanking Him for that =)
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
18 Jan 07
It’s not God’s desire that people suffer. Some of our suffering is because of the choices we make in life. If a person choose s to smoke then that person will suffer the consequences of that choice. If we choose to become obese then we may suffer diabetics. Some time it’s because that person is very close to God and is effective in his work for the Lord and Satan is after him.