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) 

what does god promise?

Guide you – He has a plan for your life (Proverbs 3:6)

Help you through temptation… remember temptation is not sin, only when you give into it (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Take care of you – Your Heavenly Father wants you to trust Him even when things are difficult (1 Peter 5:7)

Give you strength to life for Him (Philippians 4:13)

Love you with an everlasting Love

Science and Ethics

“Christianity and the Nature of Science: A Philosophical Investigation”

Author: J.P. Moreland
Year: 1989
Publisher: Baker Books, Grand Rapid, MI, USA
ISBN: 0-8010-6249-7

 Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target

Author: John Lennox
Year: 1997,1998,2002
Publisher: Lion Hudson, Oxford, England
ISBN: 978-0-7459-5322-9

Atheism

“The Real Face of Atheism”
Author: Ravi Zacharias
Year: 2009
Publisher: Bakers Books, Grand Rapids, USA
ISBN: 978-0-8010-6511-8

“God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?”
Author: John C. Lennox
Year: 2011
Publisher: Lion Hudson plc, Oxford, England
ISBN: 978-0-7459-5549-0 (print)
ISBN: 978-0-7459-5937-5 (e-pub)
ISBN: 978-0-7459-5936-8 (kindle)

Armour of God

 “The Christian in Complete Armour” (Volume 1, 2 and 3)

Author: William Gurnall

Year: First Published in three volumes in 1655, 1658 and 1662

Revised and reprinted in 1864 by Blackie&Son, Glasgow, Scotland

A modernised abridgement of the Puritan Classic – The 1864 edition, by Challenge, Inc., David Wilkerson Crusades, Lindale, Texas, U.S.A. in association with the Banner of Truth Trust, 1986

Reprinted in 1996 by BPC Paperbacks Ltd, Aylesbury, England.

ISBN: 0-85151-456-1

Apologetics

“Beyond Opinion: Living The Faith We Defend”
Author: Ravi Zacharias
Year: 2007
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN, USA
ISBN: 978-0-8499-4653-0

“Can Man Live without God”
Author: Ravi Zacharias
Year: 1994
Publisher: W Publishing Group, Nashville, TN, USA
ISBN: 0-8499-3943-7

“Conversational Apologetics” – AUDIO CD
Author: Michael Ramsden
Year: 2005

“Conversational Apologetics Course: Practicing the Art of Sharing Your Faith  with Others”
Author: C.S. Lewis Institute
Year: 2014
Publisher:
ISBN:

“Divorce from Reality” – AUDIO CD
Author: Michael Ramsden
Year: 2009

“In Their Footsteps” – AUDIO CD
Author: Michael Ramsden
Year: 2008

“Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message”
Author: Ravi Zacharias
Year:2000
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
ISBN: 0-8499-1437-X (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0-8499-4327-0 (trade paper)
ISBN: 0-8499-4263-2 (international edition)

  “Who Made God?: And Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions of Faith”
Authors: Norman Geisler and Ravi Zacharias
Year: 2003
Publisher: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
ISBN: 0-310-24710-1