Charles Stanley | – Why does God allow evil, pain, and suffering? (Ask Dr. Stanley)

God has the power to prevent suffering and calamity–so why does He allow it? Dr. Charles Stanley offers a biblical answer to this question. In Touch Ministries, 2009.

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  1. Why does God allow children to be abused, kidnapped, trafficked, traumatized? How could they have made wrong choices to deserve it? Why does he allow abortions at birth, and so much more that has nothing to do with someone causing it?

  2. I get angry. I start trying to find a remedy. I squirm in suffering. I'm learning to be still in suffering. God brings me peace amidst it and wisdom. I have been bitter. Please pray for me.

  3. “Why does the way of the wicked succeed?” (Jeremiah 12:1). Habakkuk also asked God, “Why do You remain silent when the wicked devours one more righteous than he?” (Habakkuk 1:13). I struggle with these verses right now. I know God is a righteous and merciful God and does not wish for any to perish but have everlasting life. However, when you feel like your are living with a demon possessed husband who is emotionally abusive, passive aggressive, lives a double life and has washed his hands of you and your son, it's hard to see God's goodness in this. When you have a controlling, narcissist of a mother who lives with you and adds to the issues in the household, you can't help but ask when is this all going to end? Where is the breakthrough? When is enough finally ENOUGH?

  4. Yes. Trust is important for knowing your path with God just like trusting yourself and your instincts is important. trust of the right things – God, yourself, the right people in your life to trust brings clarity to you r path in life, and great happiness. I'm experiencing mine right now, and My trust is strong! I have work to do a little more.

  5. Well I know that with out the BIBLE there would be no right and wrong I also know that we all grow old like the animals suffering happens to us just like the animals we die like the animals I wish I had all the answers for everything

  6. no matter what pain im going threw my heart will always belong to Jesus as im suffering loads in pain stress cant sleep but i pray to God every day and i ask him have your way with me show me a way tell me what i need to do shine a light upon me amen daz uk england amen

  7. “For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭

    My biggest blessing in life was my illness starting from 2009, which led me to hundreds of doctors, going across the nation to different specialists, with no solution to my health complications. I spent my days in bed suffering in agony, I lost all my friends, and was thinking about just giving up on life. It was the one time I cried out to a God that I didn’t believe in, just in case He was real. He heard. I didn’t get healed over night. In fact it took many years and at first I thought He didn’t hear. It wasn’t until I digilently started seeking Him in 2017 due to a supernatural revelation (which is a whole other aspect of my testimony), reading the Bible, praying, and being obedient (repentance), that He started the healing process. After a few months of seeking God sincerely, with all my heart, my health problems from the last 8 years were no more. God healed me completely. If I would have never gotten ill I would have never thought about calling on the Lord. I wouldn’t have a need for God, being caught up in all the pleasures of the world and my soul would be separated from the One that loves me the most forever. This is why He allows things like this to happen, and I’m so thankful He broke me down to give me the opportunity to call on Him. When you question God about something, just remember that His thoughts are greater than ours and everything He does is out of love. He cares more about our eternal state than our present comfort.

  8. I’ve been in severe chronic pain for a long time now, and I think I’m a good Christian but when something like this happens it absolutely changes you, there is nowhere to turn but to God. So I have gone through not just physical pain but I’ve lost my job, my home, my fiancé and every single thing I owned. It’s been a long hard road but through it all I’ve learned forgiveness and patience, acceptance and all the bitterness that I once felt is gone . I know that the Lord is with me and he will bring me through this for his glory. So it has brought me so much closer to him and for that I’m grateful.

  9. I'm a born again believer I don't doubt God I'm just curious ,What about a child who never sinned got abducted raped and murdered and never new Jesus never baptised. Never confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior Why does God allow that to happen and what do you think happens to that child after they pass do you think they will go directly to heaven ?is eternity for only people who follow Jesus Christ,,Where would child go if their not a believer and never sinned
    also what about a handicap child born without speaking can't learn sign language because they can't learn their mind is of a baby
    They .never new Jesus or never confessed Jesus as esavior ,????
    How can they. Be judged if they never sinned will they go to heaven?
    What about children with cancer ? They didn't sin ,theydidntnknoe Jesus because of their parents what happens to these children thanks

  10. This was no answer. My wife has suffered for over twenty years. To what end?
    Ive prayed countless times.
    There is no end of her pain in sight, she did no wrong in her life. Yet she suffers as if she's tortured daily.
    I understand being challnged, but this is just torture.
    Ive cried so many times helpless tonhelp her.
    Dear God, my Lord, please please help her

  11. Because he loves us. Suffering is consenquence of our sins and he wants us to sin because he loves us. Its our desicion to take pain and suffering we dont have to if we dont want to its OUR choice and for his love he will let us feel pain.

  12. Im suffering from fisical pain and now i have to dealing wirh mental problem (stress and depression who causing from mybpain ). I cant functions, i cant working and hard to pray anymore. I cant take this anymore and begging him everyday to return ASAP/RAPTURE.

  13. But, how come in the Book of Job, he never sinned nor did anything bad, yet he suffered. How come the innocent suffer? How come people die even though they are sinless. Isn't suffering something God couldn't explain to us? Isn't suffering a mystery that neither of us could explain.

  14. I still don't understand. Why are children allowed to suffer or those kidnapped and raped, tortured, sold to evil doers how can this be explained? There's evil most of us can't ever imagine, why is it allowed? I REALLY need to understand this. Third world countries where suffer is a daily. It just goes on and on. Pain and suffer ing isn't only about us individually.