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Why is There Suffering in the World? Jesus Provides an Answer, Part 1

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Daniel Whyte III

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TEXT: John 9:1-7

Marcus Dods said, "Evil furthers the work of God in the world. It is in conquering and abolishing evil that He is manifested. The question for us is not where suffering has come from, but what are we to do with it."

One of the questions that men and women have sought the answer to for centuries is: Why is there suffering in the world? We naturally feel that if God is good, and if the world He made is good, then there should be no suffering, especially suffering by those who are innocent or unable to help themselves. In this account of Jesus' encounter with a blind man, we see one of God's reasons for allowing suffering in the world.

We read that, "as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth." This man had it very hard. He was born not being able to see. He didn't know what the blue sky looks like, he didn't know the faces of his mother and father; he had never seen a multi-colored rainbow. He was born blind.