Why does God allow bad things to happen?
Note: This video was produced a few years ago following the devastating tornadoes that killed more than 200 people in the Southeast United States. It is a timely answer to the death and suffering being experienced by the people of Moore, Oklahoma today.
We live in a world that experiences suffering. Acts of terrorists, crazed gunmen, and even devastating natural occurrences such as earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and killer tornadoes cause us to wonder. All these things often make us question, "Where is God in all this?
If God loves us why does he allow so much suffering in the world?" Even the Old Testament character Gideon once asked, ""Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, then why has all this happened to us?" (Judges 13:6) Skeptics have challenged the beliefs of Christians by saying if God really existed then he certainly would not allow such terrible things to happen to us.
Does the Bible help answer these questions? And what does the Bible tell us about the character and nature of God, and why he would allow suffering in the world?
The Bible tells us there are several answers to these questions. This video will help explain some of the reasons why our world is often plagued with pain and suffering. (See more videos about pain, suffering and death here)
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