Human Suffering.

We tend to be stuck in man centered thinking when it comes to human suffering, and death.  We call it evil.  It feels wrong to us because we are the ones it is happening to.  The problem is that we are falling for a trick and a lie.  The devil would have you judge God, when suffering, and death, are a judgment from God against us.  You see, there was this thing that happened long ago in a garden.  Adam and his wife Eve, decided to sin against God.  They believed a lie too.  When they ate of the one tree they were specifically warned, commanded not to eat of, they became the subjects of God’s righteous, just, and holy judgment.  He placed them under a curse and punished them.  All of their descendants would be born with sinful natures.  All of their descendants would be sinners.  The original sin was punished with more sin.  Because of our sin, we deserve death and Hell.  We deserve every bit of it.

So why is it that when something bad happens to us we automatically think it is unwarranted, unjust, and evil?  We presuppose that God only does things to us, and for us that are pleasing to us.  Our hubris knows no bounds.  We are so man-centered (anthropocentric) that we can’t see we’ve inverted the positions.  We’ve put ourselves in the seat of the Judge.  We’ve put God in the defendants box.  How on Earth did we get to this point?  The primary answer is sin.  I think in our fallen state we remain in ignorance of God’s word.  In it, He tells us who He is, and who we are in relation to Him.  He is our glorious Creator, Savior, and Master.  He sustains us by the power of His word.  He made a way for us to be reconciled to Him, by Him.  We are His finite, sinful creatures who He made from dirt, in His image.  We were made for His glory, for His pleasure.