People all around the globe ask questions on the meaning of suffering and why suffering exists. Suffering affects everyone in some shape or form, and in order to better understand ourselves, suffering is a concept that requires a deeper knowledge.
In an Interview with Ask A Bishop, Bishop Conley discusses how suffering entered the world through our first parents, Adam and Eve. Conley states, “God gave Adam and Eve absolute compete freedom, and they chose to disobey God, because of this, “The Fall”, this is when sin and imperfection entered the world and impacted all of creation.”
Conley pin points this moment of Adam and Eve’s disobedience as the beginning of suffering. Prior to their decision, the world lied in harmony, perfection, and order with God. Once imperfection entered the world, so did sin. “The lack of perfection, which God allows, manifests in disease, natural disaster, and exists in all suffering present in the world”, says Conley.
While the human heart longs for perfection in a world without pain and suffering, we must understand that this is what eternal life holds for us, and “We live in an imperfect world, although it is created good” summarizes Conley.
Please watch the video below to understand why God allows suffering.
(Article written by Krista Keil)