Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?


Explore God – Big Question #3

A sign of maturity is being able to look back on the pain in your life and see the growth, the strength, the courage, the faith and the blessings that emerged.

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  Gen 1:27

From the beginning, free choice was the plan.

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Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! Gen 1:31a

In the beginning … Pre First Bad choice …..

Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame. Gen 2:25

Then mankind chose evil over good, death over life.

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. Gen 3:6-7

-you were made from dust, and to dust you will return. Gen 3:19c

So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden  Gen 3:23a

It takes faith in God to live with pain and suffering?

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.  1 Pet 3:9

God wants to comfort and mature us.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. 6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.  2 Cor 1:3-6

Christ gives us hope.

And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Rom 8:28-29

We can choose to allow God to mold us into Christ’s image.

No matter how dark it seems, there is always hope and purpose.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. 1 Thes 4:13-14



Is There A God? Big Question #2

Explore God Series – Big Question #2

Some people reject God. They want scientific proof.

There is evidence of God’s existence.

God injects the need and then provides evidence.

God provides the way. Then He demands faith.

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And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Heb 11:6

God could appear to all and even force belief. But He loves us and wants us to love Him.

Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” John 20:29


1) Biblical evidence of God in nature and in man.

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. 2 Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. 3 They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. 4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.
Ps 119:1-4

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Rom 1:20

Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. 15 They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. Rom 2:14-15
2) Teleological argument – since the universe displays such an amazing design, there
must have been a divine Designer.

3) Cosmological argument – Every effect must have
a cause. Ultimately, there must be something “un-caused” in order to cause everything else to come into existence. That “un-caused” cause is God.

Choose To Trust in God or god

1) Atheist denies God’s existence.

2) Agnostic is not sure to trust God or not.

3) Theist believes in God. (A supreme being)

They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Rom 1:25

Once we establish there is a God, then we discover who God really is and how to connect with Him.

Christian’s Believe: “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Pastor Royal Farris

Note to LCC – Thirsty Thursday Prayers and Why Does God Allow Pain And Suffering?

E - RoyalDear Friends and Family of LCC,

First of all, thank you to all you LCCers who came to pray on Thirsty Thursday last night. Prayer is not only important in your life, it is critical in the life of our church.

Jim Cymbala, in Storm, Hearing Jesus For The Times We Live In, wrote “If God honors and answers prayer, to “not be in prayer” is the same as not being in God. If the Lord is alive, wouldn’t the church want to talk to Him?” The answer in our church family, is “yes. And we do.”

God has done so many amazing things at LCC and in the lives of LCCers over the years. We know that prayer moves God and positions us to move the way God wants us to move.

I am so honored, and so blessed, to be able to pray with LCCers. They often come out of their time in prayer with tears in their eyes and I am moved when they share with me and I am able to pray for them individually.

Please pray for LCC and our ministry to each other and our community every time you talk to our Lord. Thank you so much.

This Sunday I will be teaching Part three of the Seven Big Question in our Explore God series. This Sunday is a question we have probably all asked God at one time in our lives. “Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?”

C. S. Lewis wrote, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is the megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

For years I have seen pain be the spiritual catalyst toward and away from God. How have you seen pain change you spiritually?

This will be a great message in which to bring a friend.

This series will be a great series for all of us. Exploring these questions will remind and inspire the long time believer how much we are loved and how much we need to pass on the news to others. You need to know how to answer these questions when you are asked.

These are questions that seekers of God are asking? Here is a list of all seven questions;
1 – Does life have a purpose?
2 – Is there a God?
3 – Why does God allow pain and suffering?
4 – Is Christianity too narrow?
5 – Is Jesus really God?
6 – Is the Bible reliable?
7 – Can I know God personally?

Does Life Have a Purpose?

Does Life Have A Purpose?
Explore God #1 – The Seven Big Questions

Love and purpose are two of the basic needs of every human. You were born driven to meet those needs.

As physical beings we seek unsuccessfully to have those needs met in the physical world.

So I became greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me, and my wisdom never failed me. 10 Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. 11 But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere. Ecc 2:9-11

We come to realize these needs cannot be met fully in the physical world.

Jesus said, The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10

Love and purpose are actually spiritual needs that can only be fully satisfied in a relationship with our Creator

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…for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him. Col 1:16

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, Col 1:15
There are two kinds of people; those who say to God “Thy will be done” and those to whom God says, “All right then, have it your way.” ~ C S Lewis

Focusing on yourself will never reveal your true life’s purpose. Self focus results in purpose driven by;

• Guilt and shame
• Resentment and anger
• Materialism
• Need for approval
• Perfectionism

If you make God’s purpose your purpose;

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Eph 3:20

1. You will experience a greater meaning to life and greater success than you could imagine.

Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Eph 5:17

2. Your life will be simplified and focused.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3

3. You will experience supernatural motivation.

4. You will know your greatest reward awaits. The sacrifice is worth it.

Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way. Matt 5:12

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6

Question #2 – Is There A God? – Next Week