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Suffering Not From God
Satan is the ruler of this world. However, because his time is short, he will do all he can to vent his wrath on those who want to keep integrity to God.
Why Does God Permit Suffering?
The Bible assures us that the suffering we see around us is not caused by Jehovah God. For instance, the Christian disciple James wrote: “When under trial, let no one say: ‘I am being tried by God.’ For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone.” (James 1:13) That being so, God could not have caused the numerous hardships plaguing mankind. He does not bring trials upon people to make them fit for life in heaven, nor does he make people suffer for evil deeds they supposedly committed in a past life. – Romans 6:7.
In addition, even though many terrible things have been done in the name of God or of Christ, there is nothing in the Bible to suggest that either of them has ever approved of such actions. God & Christ have nothing to do with those who claim to serve them but who cheat & swindle, kill & plunder, and do many other things that cause human suffering. In fact, “the way of the wicked one is something detestable to Jehovah.” God “is far away from the wicked ones.” – Proverbs 15:9, 29.
The Bible describes Jehovah as being “very tender in affection & merciful.” (James 5:11) It proclaims that “Jehovah is a lover of justice.” (Psalm 37:28; Isaiah 61:8) He is not vindictive. He compassionately cares for his creatures & gives all of them what is best for their well-being. (Acts 14:16, 17) Jehovah has done that from the very origin of life on the earth.
Wickedness & suffering are not caused by Jehovah. Since Satan is the ruler of this world & the god of this system of things, he & those on his side are responsible for the present condition of human society & all the misery that mankind has suffered. No one can rightly say that God is the cause of such hardship. – Romans 9:14.
Having failed to follow Jehovah’s standards, mankind in general has become like a ship without a rudder, tossed about in a turbulent sea.
God’s permission of wickedness & suffering has also proved that Satan has not been able to turn all of mankind away from Jehovah. History shows that there have always been individuals who have remained faithful to God no matter what temptations or adversities were brought upon them. Over the centuries, Jehovah’s power has been manifested in behalf of his servants, & his name has been declared in all the earth. (Exodus 9:16; 1 Samuel 12:22)
In modern times too, many have given their lives in unbreakable integrity to God. By their faith & love, such individuals prove conclusively that Satan can not turn all humans against God.
Finally, Jehovah’s allowing wickedness & suffering to continue has provided proof that only Jehovah, the Creator, has the ability & the right to rule over mankind for their eternal blessing & happiness. For centuries, mankind has tried many forms of government. But what has been the result? The complex problems & crises facing the nations today are ample evidence that truly, as the Bible points out, “man has dominated man to his injury.” (Ecclesiastes 8:9) Only Jehovah can come to our rescue & fulfill his original purpose.
Right after Adam & Eve fell victim to Satan’s scheme, God announced His purpose regarding a means of salvation. This is what Jehovah proclaimed regarding Satan: “I shall put enmity between you & the woman & between your seed & her seed. He will bruise you in the head & you will bruise him in the heel.” (Genesis 3;15) That proclamation guaranteed that the Devil would not be allowed to do his evil deeds forever. As the King of the Messianic Kingdom, the promised Seed, Jesus Christ, will ‘bruise Satan in the head.’ Yes, “shortly,” Jesus will crush the rebel Satan! – Romans 16:20.
Knowing the issues involved, on whose side will you stand? Will you prove by your actions that you are a loyal supporter of Jehovah? Since Satan knows that his time is short, he will do all he can to vent his wrath on those who want to keep integrity to God. (Revelation 12:12) But you can look to God for help because “Jehovah knows how to deliver people of godly devotion out of trial.” (2 Peter 2:9) He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, & he will make the way out so that you are able to endure temptations. – 1 Corinthians 10:13.
Confidently, let us look forward to the time when the King Jesus Christ will take action against Satan & all who follow him. (Revelation 20:1-3) Jesus will do away with all those who share responsibility for the woes & turmoil that mankind has suffered.
 Knowledge That Leads To Everlasting Life – Chapter 8: Why Does God Permit Suffering?
 American Standard Speaking Bible - http://www.speakingbible.com/asv/index.htm
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