If God Knew There Would Be Suffering, Why Did He Make The World?

The solution to the problem of evil is the love of Jesus Christ.

The inconvenient truth is that God is all-powerful and all-loving. God is not a cosmic watchmaker who wound up the world and walked away, nor is he a father who simply cares but is powerless to help. God is the sovereign king and caring father.

Evil is the choice to dishonour God and defame his creation. The real problem with the world is us: we have chosen to follow the path of Adam and Eve.

God is the author of the universe. Through the sin and suffering of man, God’s hand of providence has been and is being worked for good. The Babylonians were an instrument of judgement to bring Israel back to himself. Suffering can also be a means of grace to develop character. That said, we cannot know for certain every little detail surrounding why suffering exists. We must be content that we are creation and God is Creator.

Before God, we are children of clay, made of flesh and bones, but the bible says that the Word became flesh. Jesus knew, pain, betrayal, and abandonment. Jesus knows what it means to bleed, and suffer, and die. Suffering exists, but we know that Jesus knows what suffering is life and has given us the future hope of heaven where there is no sin or suffering.

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20 Sep 2016

Guy Mason

Guy is the founding and Senior Pastor of City on a Hill, a church that began in 2007 with a small team and a big vision. Today City on a Hill is a movement of many churches that gathers across multiple locations, in different cities and is united around the central mission of knowing Jesus and making Jesus known. Guy is a passionate communicator of the gospel who is committed to engaging culture with the beauty, truth, and relevance of Jesus. Guy graduated with a BA in Public Relations from RMIT University and has a Masters of Divinity from Ridley College. He is the husband to Vanessa and the father to four children. He is an ordained Anglican Minister and member of Acts 29.

12 Sep 2016

Guy Mason

Guy is the founding and Senior Pastor of City on a Hill, a church that began in 2007 with a small team and a big vision. Today City on a Hill is a movement of many churches that gathers across multiple locations, in different cities and is united around the central mission of knowing Jesus and making Jesus known. Guy is a passionate communicator of the gospel who is committed to engaging culture with the beauty, truth, and relevance of Jesus. Guy graduated with a BA in Public Relations from RMIT University and has a Masters of Divinity from Ridley College. He is the husband to Vanessa and the father to four children. He is an ordained Anglican Minister and member of Acts 29.

11 Sep 2016

Andrew Grills

Andrew is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Geelong. He has spent most of his life as an officer in the Australian Army. Graduating with the Sword of Honour from the Australian Defence Force Academy, he served in Infantry and Intelligence, including operations in East Timor with the commandos. He holds a postgraduate degree in International Relations from Oxford University and an MDiv from Ridley College. Andrew later became an Army Chaplain at the Australian Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, before leaving the full time Army in 2013 to plant City on a Hill Geelong. Andrew has been married to his beautiful wife Danna for over 20 years and has five young children. He loves the ocean, traveling, camping, playing with his kids (including attending their innumerable sporting matches), and reading military history.