If there is a God, why is there hurt and pain?

It might appear that there is no end to the suffering, hurt and pain in this world. 

In the beginning God created a perfect world, full of life – without death, disease, pain or suffering.  However when sin was introduced by Adam and Eve through their disobedience so did the natural state of a perfect world change so much that what we see today is only a reflection of the world that once was.

Of course, also none of us can say that we have not disobey God in our own lives (Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:10).  So all of us in a sense share in the blame of what we see around us.  God, however, in his great mercy has promised not to leave his creation suffering alone. (Revelation 22:23)