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The Bible and Suffering

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The Bible and Suffering The Bible discusses suffering at much length and, often, it is used as an argument against the existence of a God. The question "if God does exist then why doesn't He do something about X" is often heard, where X is replaced with natural disasters, wars or diseases. The real questions however, is what does the Bible actually say about suffering and what can we gain from the Bible with regards to the topic of suffering. The two passages below highlight differing ideas found within the Bible on the topic of suffering. The first Psalm seems to be a "traditional" Biblical test whereas within Luke's Gospel we see a more liberal side of the scripture showing. ...read more.

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and even in his suffering he still asks God for help. From Verses 22 onwards Jesus praises and thanks God, he declares God's rule "over the nations". In this Psalm Jesus faces terrible torture and suffering yet he still has faith in God. According to Christians, Jesus died so that humanity could live forever. He gave humanity a chance to be with God eternally. The Psalm shows that for those who have faith good things lie ahead and that suffering and perseverance ultimately lead to glorification. Luke 22:39-46 Here Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane and according to the New Testament this is where Jesus and his disciples retreated to pray after the Last Supper on the night before his crucifixion. ...read more.

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Most importantly, however, is when Jesus says "not my will but yours be done", Jesus understands that even if though we pray to God what we want is really not what is best. Instead he also asks God to do whatever His will is as he recognises God omniscience. Soon after Jesus prays he appears to gain some strength. This passage shows that there is nothing wrong in praying or questioning God as that is what humans are naturally going to do, Jesus even did this himself. The key point is that accepting God into one's life helps one get through suffering and that God knows what is best for an individual even if we think we know better. ...read more.

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