THE RIGHT THINKING

Why Does Man Suffer?

Leslie M John 

It is imperative that we consider the life of Lord Jesus Christ, who armed Himself with Spiritual warfare and suffered on this earth. His life was victorious. There was a goal set for Him, and it was a joyous life, authoritative life in heaven. After His suffering and crucifixion, the Lord ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of God. He is given authority to all powers and angels.

One important fact we should remember is that our souls are redeemed from perishing when we are born-again; however, the body is not redeemed from its sinful nature. We will have our glorified bodies when we resurrect from the dead when Jesus comes again, or those who are alive at the time of His coming are ‘caught up’ to be with Him forever and ever.

Therefore, physical suffering on this earth is inevitable. It is in this context that the Bible says we should be armed with spiritual warfare to encounter the temptations of Satan.

Lord Jesus Christ armed Himself not because He was a sinner, but He was made sin for us. He suffered on behalf of us on the cross that we, who have confessed Jesus as Lord and believed in heart that God raised Him from the dead on the third day, will receive everlasting life to be with Him and reign with Him. We will be kings and priests in His kingdom. It is that hope we have in Him.

Suffering loosens from the grip of sin. Suffering prevents us to live in sin and, therefore, we no longer live in sin. Suffering makes a believer to get out of the vulnerability to commit sin.

The creator of this world, took upon Himself our sin and suffered on behalf us, and therefore, we have salvation.

Christ’s suffering redeemed our souls from sin. It does not mean our mortal bodies have become immortal immediately after becoming the children of God. We have to live out the life given to us by the Lord in the sinful world, and therefore, we need His grace every day.

Our bodies are made of dust, and not until our physical death, and until Lord Jesus Christ descends “from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God”  when the dead in Christ shall rise, and those, who are alive at that point of time, “shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” we will have mortal bodies, and immediately after that we will live in transformed and glorified bodies, which will not suffer any pain or death (cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 21:4)

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away”  (Revelation 21:4)

Lord Jesus Christ saw value in suffering, He saw that a joy was set before Him.

“For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:10)

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”  (Hebrews 12:2)


Why Does Man Suffer?  WHY DOES MAN SUFFER?

This book is based on the teachings of the Bible. Among several important teachings, the teaching on suffering is vividly laid out in the New Testament.

Suffering started in the Garden of Eden, when man transgressed God’s command, and the man and the woman were cast out of the Garden, and lost fellowship with God. Man has choice to live for God transforming his old nature and becoming a new creature in the Lord, or choose to live lewd and vulgar life. The consequences of living outside the purview of the teachings of the Bible are very serious.

Unless man chooses to have right thinking and live a good and pleasing life he would end up in suffering. Suffering may be either of physical, or of mental, but living a sinful life will surely lead to suffering. Bible admonishes to rejoice when suffering overtakes us for right reasons.

It is such suffering that causes man to come closer to God. Because God is love, He sent His one and only Son, Lord Jesus Christ into this world to save mankind from perishing and to reconcile them to the Father. When Man suffers from either pain, loss, or sickness, he will no longer have inclination to sin anymore. Suffering overtakes man’s capacity of sinning.

Lord Jesus said… “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. (Matthew 5:10)

Suffering for the right cause brings blessings, while suffering for wrong reasons brings disaster in life. There is a great difference between suffering for the right cause and suffering for criminal activities. Suffering for illegal causes and feeling sorry over such actions would not absolve one from being punished in this world, or in the world to come.