Lesson 7 - Good God! Bad World! Why?

God has left His fingerprints across our world. The dazzling splendor of a sunset, the majesty of snowcapped mountain peaks, the glory of a starlit night, the beauty of an opening rosebud, and the carefree laughter of children playing speak to us of a loving God who delights in making His people happy.

Another’s fingerprints give evidence that someone else stalks our planet. Ours is a world in trouble—a world consumed with war, famine, and poverty; a world writhing in sickness, disease, and sorrow.

Rising from this troubled planet like an incense of doom is the persistent question Why? Why war and suffering and heartache and death?

Doesn’t God care? Are we only a forgotten cinder out on the edge of an unimportant galaxy? A world that doesn’t matter? If God is a God of love, why is there so much suffering in our world? Why do the good suffer as well as the bad?

The Bible draws aside the curtain on one of life’s greatest dramas allowing us to look behind the scenes in the great controversy between good and evil. Today’s lesson will provide a clear answer to who is responsible for this world’s suffering. It will also reveal God’s ultimate solution to the problem of why innocent people suffer.

  1. Is God the author of human suffering? Jeremiah 31:3; 1 John 4:8
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  2. If God is not responsible for human suffering, where did it originate? Matthew 13:24-28
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  3. Who is the enemy? Matthew 13:39
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  4. Since God is not the author of sin and suffering, whom did sin originate with? 1 John 3:8
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  5. Where did this diabolical being come from? Luke 10:18
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  6. Did God create a devil? Ezekiel 28:12-15
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  7. What occurred in Satan’s mind to lead to open rebellion? Isaiah 14:12-14
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  8. What did this open rebellion lead to and what ultimately happened to Satan as a result? Revelation 12:7-9
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  9. How did our world become involved in the conflict between good and evil? Romans 5:12
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  10. As a result of our fall, what does Satan now claim as his? Luke 4:5, 6
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  11. What has God done to redeem this planet in rebellion? John 3:16; 1 Peter 1:18, 19
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  12. What promises does God give His children, who are caught in the grip of suffering and injustice? 1 Corinthians 10:13; Isaiah 41:13
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  13. What is Satan’s ultimate fate? Ezekiel 28:16-19
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  14. What will God eventually do with this planet? 2 Peter 3:10, 13
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