Why does God allow pain and suffering?

That’s good James

The Isaiah 53:5 Project

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In one form or another, I get asked the following question all the time.

“If there is a loving God, how can He allow poverty, war, suffering, and all the other ills that are present in the world?”

I think the following story explains that most of what is wrong with the world is the direct result of sin and that God wants all men to turn from their evil ways and turn to Him.

A preacher and an atheistic barber were once walking through the city slums. Said the barber to the preacher: “This is why I cannot believe in a God of love. If God was as kind as you say, He would not permit all this poverty, disease, and squalor. He would not allow these poor bums to be addicted to dope and other character-destroying habits. No, I cannot believe in a God who permits these things.”

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