SUFFERING

We believe that after sin produced a fracture between God and man in the Garden of Eden, mankind and nature entered a phase of deterioration due to this separation from God.  The apostle Paul talks about the nature itself "groaning" while waiting to be "liberated from its bondage to decay" as do our perishable bodies (Romans 8:21-22).   Christ Himself has warned us: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).  We can only overcome the inevitable suffering in this world by having Christ's peace.  We will have perfection only in the New Jerusalem as depicted in the book of Revelation.  Until then, the good crops have to co-exist with the weeds (Matthew 13:24-29).  There are legitimate reasons on a higher spiritual level for which God does not eradicate evil from this world right now.  In the parable of the weeds, Jesus explains it in a very accessible way: the farmer decides not to uproot the weeds while the good crops are still maturing because "while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them" (Matthew 13:29).  We may not understand why God allows suffering in this world, but we have to trust Him that everything He does He does it out of love for us because "God is love" (1 John 4:8).  And while we co-exist with evil and while we are being deeply hurt, there is something we can do to undermine suffering: we can choose to allow God to comfort us and restore us and use our own healing to heal others who have experienced the same type of suffering.  We can take our own suffering and change it by God's own model of compassion into a tool of eliminating suffering for others.  This is the way God wants us to handle suffering on this Earth: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God" (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

Heaven Preview Foundation, Inc.
3843 Thoreau Drive
Valdosta, GA 31605 USA
Phone: 229-251-9927
E-mail: heavenpreviewfoundation@yahoo.com