If God is All Powerful, Why Does He Allow Suffering?

Episode 607 Show Notes 

From the Show

The God of the bible does not just say, “I am good, great, and sovereign and all of you who are out there suffering should just trust me,” no. The God of the bible sent his own Son into our world, to assume humanity, and experience suffering that was unparalleled. Jesus knows suffering. God, in Christ’s assumption of humanity, suffered in the flesh to not only conquer sin and death, but to sympathize with us in our weakness.

––Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. When I remember bible verses, can I trust that that is God’s voice talking to me? Is that what the bible refers to as the “still small voice”?

2. Who made God?

3. After reading a parable that Jesus told in Luke 19:11-27, I found myself a little confused about what it means. What is Jesus wanting us to understand here?

4. I don’t know if you saw that movie Batman v. Superman that came out a few years ago, but in that movie, the villain, Lex Luthor, makes a comment about God. He says that God allows evil because he either doesn’t care, or is not powerful enough to stop it. I know this is a movie but this seems like a good point, especially when you think of senseless suffering, like with children dying. How would you answer Lex Luthor’s question?

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners’ questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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