Why does God allow suffering? How can a loving God allow Cancer?

Why does God allow suffering? How can a loving God allow Cancer?

Why does God allow suffering?
How can a loving God allow Cancer?

First we have to remember that God created everything, before Adam and Eve sinned. After each and every day that God created, he saw that it was Good, Genesis 1:1-30, but after the sixth day, he saw that everything he created, as a whole, was VERY GOOD.

Genesis 1:31 – And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

So, if everything was created as Very Good, why does God allow suffering and how can a loving God allow Cancer?

We have to remember that in spite of the suffering, there is a higher purpose, as stated in the following verse.

John 9:1-3 – Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.

Ultimately, every instance of suffering, in every form, will show God’s divine mercy and love, but we are not blameless in this and the reason is simple.

And the simple answer is: We asked him for it!

When we sin, we are doing the opposite of what God wants us to be doing. Without actually uttering the words, we are saying to him, “I want more of this (Fill in the desired Sin), in my life.” God is good, so he will give you the desires of your heart. If you want more sin in your life, then you will get it.

From the beginning, when sin entered this world, God has allowed us to experience evil. Adam and Eve knew, very well, what eating the fruit from the tree of Good & Evil would give them. It gave them the knowledge of both Good AND Evil. So now, when we choose an Evil thing to do, we are choosing to have more of it in our lives.

So if we choose evil and God gives it to us, then how can you blame him for it? It’s our own fault that it happens!

So, how can a loving God allow Cancer?

Cancer is one of the greatest killers of all time. No one actually seeks to get it. It is not a desire of our hearts, so why is it here and why do people suffer because of it?

The answer is still the same. We asked for it.

How can I say that?

Please don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that people actually utter the words, “God, may I please have Cancer?” It is our actions, which speak louder than words that determine what we are actually saying.

One cause of Cancer, and anything like it, comes from those family members of the past. Cancer exists because of the evil/sinful choices our ancestors made, that have affected the DNA of the generations that followed. Whether it be from the things that they consumed or the things that they did to their own bodies. The change may have been small, at the time, but from generation to generation the new defect continually mutated and got worse, until today, where Cancer, or any other degenerative disease, is the result of those poor decisions from long ago. This is evolution in reverse, which is the real direction that evolution follows.

We are not evolving and getting better at each iteration, we are getting worse with each poor decision we make that affects our bodies in some way. For instance, if you are a smoker, do you think that your offspring would benefit from that decision to smoke or would it potentially hurt them? Do you take drugs, drink alcohol or take part in any other type of destructive activities? Every poor choice you make affects you in some way and very possibly at the molecular level of the DNA.

So when you think you aren’t hurting anyone but yourself, you are terribly mistaken! You are affecting your grandchildren and their grandchildren and so on. Tiny changes that get passed on, don’t generally cause any benefits to the next generation. They have only been found to make matters worse for them. DNA mutations happen all the time as a direct result of our sinful choices or the choices of others that are in direct contact with us.

So when your innocent grandchild gets cancer, it may not be because they sinned, it might be because you did, or someone in your ancestry did, long ago. This is not a punishment to you for sinning, it is just the results of that sin and the affect it had on you, when you did it. It was passed on to the next generation and to the next, eventually resulting in your loved one, or maybe even you, getting sick and possibly passing on, way before their/your time.

In addition to that, the world as we know it is far from Very Good, as it was in the beginning. After Adam & Eve disobeyed God, therefore causing sin to enter the world, the world itself became cursed as well.

Genesis 3:17-19 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”

Now why did God curse the ground?

Because Adam and Eve wanted to know Evil, so he granted them that desire, saying “Cursed is the ground FOR YOUR SAKE”. In order to know evil, you have to see it and/or live it. It is only when you understand Pure Evil, that you can appreciate Pure Goodness. So even though God cursed the ground, it will eventually lead to his Glory as more and more people understand his Pure Goodness against the contrast of Pure Evil.

With the ground cursed, it is not only harder to make things grow, but they are also subject to mutations, which can potentially alter the effects that they have on our bodies, as we consume them. These defects, if you will, can contribute to the further deterioration of the body. The weaker the body is, the more susceptible to disease it becomes. Our bodies are nowhere near the perfect state that they would be, if we had not broken God’s laws, in the beginning.

But we’re not done yet! It gets worse!

Genesis 6:5-7 The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth–men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air–for I am grieved that I have made them.”

After this, we come to:

Genesis 7:11 “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month–on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the flood-gates of the heavens were opened.”

So now, not only do we have sinful bodies and a cursed ground because of Man’s evil desires, but we’ve also lost the protective layer of our atmosphere that hindered the damaging radiation from the Sun. This layer, which was made of water [Genesis 1:6-8], contributed to the long life spans that are recorded in Genesis. In some cases, this last judgment of mankind directly results in certain types of skin cancer. Incidentally, God showed GREAT mercy during this time, because from the utterance in Genesis 6:5-7, until the flood actually occurred, in Genesis 7:11, about 100 years had elapsed. I would say that 100 years is quite a long time for a second chance, wouldn’t you?

So think twice before blaming God for your afflictions or those of your loved ones. He created everything Very Good, in the beginning, and it is our fault that it is no longer that way. God’s perfect will was for everything to STAY Very Good and someday he will restore it to its original splendor. Until then, we should be praising him that he is still using every evil purpose to eventually show everyone how Holy and Good and Perfect he is.

We are now in another time frame of Mercy.

Matthew 24:37-39 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

It was predicted over 2000 years ago, by Jesus himself that the end would come again, for those that choose evil over the love of God. Don’t let it happen to you!

God wants you to know him and he wants you to spend eternity with him in Heaven. He WILL NOT force you to do that. That is why he will give you the desires of your heart. If your heart desires sin, then you will reap the wages of that choice. If it is sin that you choose, then you are not choosing God. If you are not choosing God, then he will grant your wishes and you will be without him, or anyone else, for an eternity.

Remember, before Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, he told them what the consequences of that sin would be.

Genesis 2:17 – “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

We are reminded of this in Romans 6:23 for the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

If you choose Sin, then you are choosing Death. God will grant your desire, even though he does not want to.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

When you or your loved ones suffer, whether from Cancer or some other affliction, it pains God to allow it, but if you haven’t turned to him and repented of your sins, he is showing great mercy, waiting for you to do so.

2 Peter 3:13-15 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.

You only have one life to live and really only one choice to make that will determine where you spend eternity. Make your choice wisely and quickly, for you never know when your time to pass on from this life is coming and God WILL grant your hearts desire. Making no choice at all is the same as making a choice against him.

So why does God allow suffering and how can a loving God allow Cancer?

For the exact reason that he IS a loving God.




  1. Why is anyone taklnig about pathetic failure of religous beliefs? You might as well wallow in the dirt like some ignorant savages. The time for being controlled slaves is 100 years ago. So not fall victim to magic and bullshit.No-religion is the one defining thing that the red communists got correct!

  2. I understand what you are saying and agree.
    I just lost a 41 year old son to cancer. It was a genetically caused cancer.
    Why are some miraculously healed in response to prayer and others are not.
    “The prayer of faith shall heal the sick.” Etal

    • Hello conceivednfaith,

      Thank you for responding. I am very sorry for your loss. 🙁

      I’m not going to pretend that I know why God allows one person to pass on and another to be healed, but I can say that if that person was a believer, then they are now in the best shape of their lives and will NEVER taste sickness again! They are more alive now than ever before and are having greater experiences than they ever could here on Earth, our temporary home.

      I do pray that your Son’s passing brings those that were around him closer to Christ.

      God Bless & Keep the Faith!
      Joe Austin
      The BOLD Christian

        • Hello Athiest,

          The Afterlife has been proven to me, so I do believe it wholeheartedly. To use your argument, you also cannot prove that there is NO afterlife. In fact, you have to have a WHOLE LOT more faith in what you believe than I do. If life came from Chance, the probability of it happening at all is absolutely staggering.

          I guess we’ll find out when we leave this place. In the meantime, I will use my life to uplift others and to share what I have found to be true. I will not attack them, as you have here.

          As far as the Bible being a credible source: Do you believe what you read in the History Books of today? How do you know they haven’t been changed to fit someones agenda? You don’t!
          The Bible is THE most faithfully reproduced book in the History of Man and almost all of the stated facts have been verified via Archeologists, Biologists, Astronomers and many other Scientific professions. It is the only book to predict future events that have come true and it shows me that there is HOPE for the future and for Mankind as a whole.

          So YES, I do believe that what the Bible says is true. Not only for me, but also for you. You may want to try reading it and understanding it, before making single line arguments against it.

          May God bless your Soul.
          Joe Austin
          The BOLD Christian

  3. I can’t believe people believe this. Cancer is not caused by sins of the past. Read a fckig science journal. why is everything based on sinning. so if your great great grandma “sinned” you get cancer. Oh give this person an award. This is crap. Wake up people. Wtf is a sin anyway!!

    Oh and God made things “very good” in the beginning, he’s not doing a “very good” job at keeping it up.
    So my loved one is suffering from cancer and I can say oh cause ur ancestors fcked up and you indirectly asked for it? Oh and you should go repent your sins and yeah that will cure you. Fck this site. I came on here looking for some hope and maybe restoring some faith, but This just is garbage. People need a reality check

    • Hello Jen,

      Do you believe that abusing drugs or abusing other human beings is wrong? Do you believe that by doing either of these that you could do damage to yourself or someone else? Do you believe that either of these can have long lasting effects?

      If a person that is abusing drugs becomes pregnant, but continues using drugs, can that affect the baby? Can it affect the baby for its entire life? Can that baby now have a disorder that they might not of had, if the Mother hadn’t been abusing drugs? Is it possible that the baby may pass on a defect or an emotional disorder to his or her own child?

      The answer to ALL of the above questions is YES!

      Was it the now grown baby’s fault that their own child now has a disability or a defect or an emotional disorder?
      The answer to this question is NO!

      Sin is doing something that you know is wrong, but doing it anyway, regardless of who it affects.

      So I stand by my article. The Sin’s of the past can, have and will harm future generations. It WILL continue to get worse as time passes.

      Regarding God’s creation starting out as “very good”, it did start out this way. When Adam and Eve allowed Sin to enter the world, the perfect paradise, began to erode and over time, God’s creation, became what it is today. Therefore, we currently live in a Fallen World. God has allowed it, because that was the choice that was made. We would not have free will, if he had stepped in and stopped them from making that decision.

      And now, because you too have Free Will, God will allow you to choose him or not to choose him. It IS your choice. Choose wisely!

      A time is coming, when God WILL put a stop to the desecration of HIS creation and he WILL restore it to its original splendor.
      Will YOU be there to enjoy it with him? I will!

      May God bless you!
      Joe Austin
      The BOLD Christian

  4. I am a strong Christian , but there are times when I don’t understand the purpose and will of God when it comes to something like cancer . My daughter had lukemia and thankfully she’s doing fine now , but my time in the children’s hospital has left me scarred for life.
    Children dying of this terrible disease who as far as I can see died only leaving misery and heartbreak not purpose.
    I ask you bold Christian , if you had the power and know how to reverse this disease for innocent children and adults would you?This is what leaves me baffled in why God has this power but does not exercise. And the just have faith answer does not cut it when your seeing a family fall apart because of a death of a child especially . I find most Christians want to sweep these questions under the table and just say have faith. I think God would appreciate the tough questions on his will , I’m yet to find an answer and the answer is not in Job that I can see.

    • Hello Karl,

      As it turns out, I have a 7 year old son that is currently in Children’s Hospital and we may need to make a decision to allow him to pass on and be with the Lord within the next few days. He doesn’t have Cancer, but he does have a severe blood clotting disorder that has left him a paraplegic, with epilepsy and he has been on life support his whole life. He requires a Central Line for nutrition, because he is unable to digest any food through his stomach and gut. We also use the line for administering medications as well as drawing labs for testing. He is currently in the hospital because his Central Line has been malfunctioning. We are still in the information gathering stage at this point and my Wife stays in the hospital with him the entire time. There are 6 major arteries that can support a Central Line and ALL of them are compromised because of some major clotting in them. They did have to remove the line, so he has to be fed through a temporary peripheral line until we know more.

      To answer your first question, yes I would heal them. To qualify that a little, I am not looking at life through God’s perspective and I certainly don’t have his understanding of life on Earth versus life in Heaven with him. Not yet.

      One thing that I have come to know, is that I am very selfish about my Son and my other 3 children. I want him/them to be with me here forever, so I would do anything within my power to make that happen, even if it meant that he would continue to suffer with the conditions that he has. Saying it out loud like that really make me see how selfish I really am and how little I understand of God’s ways.

      God knows that when each person passes on from this life, that they are moving on to a new and far better life. I know that my Son WILL BE fully healed whenever he leaves his current body and goes to be with the Lord. So God DOES heal everybody. It just may not be on this side of eternity.

      When we Pray, he ALWAYS answers. The answer may be Yes, it may be No or it may be Not Yet, but it is always one of those three. We are told not to lean on our own understanding and that is not because we are not capable, it is because we don’t see the whole picture and could not possibly make the best decisions in many cases. That is what FAITH is. Trusting God, who does see the whole picture, to make decisions on our behalf that ARE the best for us at the time.

      I don’t want to keep rambling on about things you’ve probably heard over and over again, so I will end with this:

      As stated in the article that you commented on, we live in a fallen world and it is essentially humankind’s fault that we are in the mess we are in. This is what the Bible says, not me, so because I believe God’s Word, I believe that we have a part in why our world is the way it is right now. We put all of this on ourselves, to some degree and we are affecting the future generations with the decisions we make today.

      God is allowing it all, for a time, and only he knows when it will end. He has promised that it WILL end and we will be with him, fully healed of all ills and void of our sinful nature for eternity. God is not without compassion for us and uses the illnesses and conditions of life to change us, mold us, mature us and to give us understanding that we did not have before.

      We have to remember that when a person passes on from this life, especially before their time (in our eyes), that they ARE in a better place and they ARE fully healed and they ARE happy and they ARE with God and they CANNOT suffer any more.

      Those of us that are left behind have been blessed by their lives while they were here and they have changed us in ways that we would not have changed by ourselves. Among other things, they are our teachers. Lessons can often be painful, but they are always beneficial, if you take them for what they are. It doesn’t mean that we won’t grieve at the “death” of a loved one and it doesn’t mean that we won’t fall on hard times, but it does mean that we need to examine ourselves and make the changes that our loved ones have helped God facilitate in our lives. It truly is for our benefit.

      I apologize if this doesn’t answer your questions. I can really only share God’s Word and the lessons I have learned from my life.

      I will pray for you and your daughter and thank you for reaching out to me.

      Your Brother in Christ,
      Joe Austin
      The BOLD Christian

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    • Hello Jay,

      I am truly sorry for your loss.

      Everyone seems to blame God for anything that goes wrong and I have certainly done that in the past as well. Ultimately, he did create all things, so it stands to reason that he holds the responsibility when something goes wrong. I get that. I’ve been there myself.

      I’m not sure you read the entire article though, which explains why things are the way they are today and why God is allowing it to happen, for now. He will bring all of this suffering to an end and he has his own time table that we are just not privy to. That makes it extremely hard for us to accept his reasoning, since we have such finite lives compared to his Eternal Being.

      Our problem is one of perspective. God knows the beginning from the end and all we know is what is in front us us right now. We do not have the whole picture, so we cannot possibly understand every decision he makes and why he allows good things to happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people. So we just react in whatever way we can and we blame him for not caring or doing anything about it, as far as we can tell.

      God is actually giving us exactly what WE are asking for and it turns out, WE don’t really like it nor can we do anything about it. If we had the whole picture, we might actually know what we want, but we don’t see it and therefore we don’t know what we want, so we just react to whatever happens to us.

      All of this makes it seem like God doesn’t care and that he is merciless, as you say, but he is not. It is exactly why he is a loving God and he does care for us, that he lets us live our lives however we want. He does not force us to follow his ways or even to believe in him. Unfortunately, the only way to do this is to appear as though he isn’t involved. If he was visible and in our face day after day, we would not have free will.

      Free Will is a dangerous play toy and it is because of this that we have created the world we live in today. This is not how God wants it to be. He did not want your Wife to die of neck cancer and he doesn’t want you to hate him because she did.

      Obviously, I do not know your Wife. I don’t know whether she believed in God or not. I can tell you that she continues to live now, and if she was a believer, then she has NEVER been better. God does not forget the life she lead and trials she suffered here on Earth and he has rewarded immensely her for it. She has it better now than she ever could have in her body.

      I realize that this may not change your view of God, but I truly believe that he loves you and your Wife and he cares deeply for both of you. He wants you two to be together for eternity, so try to see your life through your Wife’s eyes and live it the way she would want you to.

      I will pray for you!

      Take care and may God reveal himself to you and show you that he truly does care and love you.
      Joe Austin
      The BOLD Chrsitian

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