Why Is There Pain and Suffering?

I am writing this to explain as simply as possible why we experience pain and suffering.  There are readers out there who do not understand why, so I felt the need to write this post and what better time to do it than during holy week.

Not Plan A

Pain and suffering was not God’s original plan for us.  His original plan was for us to live in relationship with him.  There was beautiful, luscious garden and all Adam and Eve had to do was to work and care for it.  They even ran around butt-naked without being self-conscious.

1 Thing

There was only one thing they could not do:

“And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

Genesis 2:16

If they were given a list of 100, 500 or 1,000 things they could not do, I could understand them making a mistake.

But they only had 1 thing they could not do and they still messed up.

Because they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, sin and death entered this world.  That is why there is pain and suffering.

To Be Continued

Pain and suffering will continue until God decides to fix the situation – in His time.