why is there suffering
Why did God send Jesus?
To put it into today’s terminology…it was a matter of jurisprudence.
One of the definitions of jurisprudence is a “particular body of law”. What law? The law of God.
Think of the phrase…if you do the crime…you do the time…or pay the fine.
If you get a speeding ticket in Kentucky, you don’t show up in a traffic court in Montana to pay it.
God created the world. He created Adam. He gave the earth to Adam to rule. He gave Adam freedom with one qualifying rule…do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
As satan, the serpent, previously thrown out of heaven, tempted Eve, Adam’s wife, to disobey and she passed the temptation to Adam. They both sinned. They lost their position with God. They were cast out of the garden.
How could God solve this problem? There is a scripture that says that the heavens are the Lord’s, but the earth He has given to the children of men.
So going back to the idea of jurisdiction, this problem occurred on the earth. It did not occur in heaven. God could not solve it from heaven. He had given the earth to man. He did not say “time out”, let me fix this and start all over. God didn’t go back on his word and take the earth back.
God needed a solution to solve a problem created on the earth. The only solution was to come to the earth himself, in the form of Jesus Christ, to undo the legal damage that had been done, and make a way back for Adam and Eve legally.
When people ask questions along the lines of why is there suffering and why do people suffer, it comes down to two things.
- The earth fell when Adam fell. Sin, sickness and death entered the world…in other words, all bad things entered the world at that point.
- Even though Jesus made a way out, we have to learn how to work with God to appropriate what Jesus did. It would be like having the key to a car, but never getting in the car to drive it.
It is not only important to know what Jesus did, but obey the Word of God and Spirit of God to experience the benefits. Faith without works is dead.
Many questions arise from an unspoken expectation that God will do things that He has given us to do.
This is why it is important to learn our part and God’s part.
While God has made provision for mankind, it is individually by faith, patience, and obedience that each individual may experience that…the Lord working with them.
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