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.