Why Does God Allow Suffering?

You might as well ask the […] Secretary of Transportation why he allows accidents on the highways. No doubt he would take exception to the accusation implied in your question, pointing to the well-defined rules of the road. “Every time a law is broken,” he might reply, “the offender places himself and others in danger. Accidents and suffering occur as a result.”

People suffer chiefly for one reason: They have chosen to ignore God’s rule book, the Bible, and everything has gone terribly wrong as a result. Our loving Creator knows exactly how we have been made and what will harm us. Consequently, with a caring, protective heart he says, “You shall not…”. His commands are not dictatorial edicts designed to spoil our fun; rather they are manufacturers operating instructions. God knows that our psyches cannot handle sin and that we are actually crushed and tormented by our own misdeeds. Few would argue against the wisdom of reading the instruction manual before using a new appliance. People take care not to break a tape recorder or a new washing machine, but strangely, many don’t seem to mind destroying their own spirits and souls with the poison of sin.

–Reinhard Bonnke, TIME IS RUNNING OUT