Why does God allow suffering?
This is likely one of the most difficult religious questions that I have tackled in writing a short blog article about — assumably this answer can be answered at length by a contemplation after reading the entirety of the Holy Bible, and so answering this question in this format is not entirely wholehearted. To begin setting the premise for the reason that there is suffering in the world, and why it is tolerated by God, we know that before the world that we live in today’s Age and similar Ages, there was a perfect Earth that was part of the Kingdom of Heaven. This Earth is briefly present in the Book of Genesis where Adam and Eve are caretakers of Eden before they sin against God by not following His Commandment. After this event for thousands of years the consequences grow to take hold, the nature of these consequences being great suffering in both nature, and sociological and biochemical circles. It is human beings that are developing since the dawn of their Creation, and suffering is a by-product of development outside of the Kingdom of Heaven, outside of God’s protection.
We know that mankind was cast of the Kingdom of Heaven, out of Eden, due to the actions of Adam and Eve there. There are numerous legendary events that follow in the early history of mankind, including the murder of Abel, the coming of the Nephilim, the Great Flood — many wars waged by men against other men; the jurisdiction of mankind as the stewards of the earth has a bloody history. In short, these events that affect the hundreds of billions of lives that were touched by them, are rooted in the faults, judgments, and actions of human beings. Now why does God allow this kind of behavior? Why is the world not perfect, without suffering, tears, or pain, an image of the Kingdom of Heaven?
There are some preliminary curses that are levied against mankind in it’s early history. Human beings were forced out of the Kingdom of Heaven (Genesis 3:23), and condemned to death (Genesis 3:19). Nature was cursed (Genesis 3:18, and women gained the pains of childbearing (Genesis 3:16). These were curses that were brought down upon human beings by God Himself — comparative with definitions of suffering that others may bring in complaint, for example, not having enough money, being assaulted, or losing loved ones, these are the greatest curses that human beings have had to adhere to. Mankind is tempted by his own desires, and this often leads to further suffering at the expense of humanity as a whole every time.
The principle of justice has been applied, as inferences from Bible verses on behavior and ethics, to justify the suffering of human beings many times. Those who commit bad behavior and grevious deeds should be punished for their deeds. Even those who condemn others as unrightful judges should face justice for their legislative fraud. The proverbs of Solomon and Psalms of David are full of ethical lessons learned on the subject of justice and righteousness (Psalm 37:28, Proverb 24:24) and the principle has been chastised and preached by Prophets of the Lord on multiple occasions (Isaiah 61:8, Zechariah 7:9), even by the precepts of Jesus of Nazareth himself. In simple terms, the world that we live in today in this Age is not completely compatible with the Kingdom of Heaven. Servants of the Lord are called to standards that often cause internal suffering to make the initiation and transformation into servants of the Lord.
Suffering is allowed by God because everything happens according to plan, and that plan is not always roses and daisies.