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God is not all loving because people suffer explain this statement?

Christians believe that God is omnibenevolent (meaning all-loving)and loves everyone unconditionally, they also believe he is omniscient (meaning he is all knowing) therefore all-powerful. As we see the pain and suffering happening around the world it becomes harder for people to believe that God is all loving. This is because if he was omnibenevolent and omniscient then why did he create a world where evil and suffering exist? Obviously people are in control of their own actions and thoughts, most of the time, so the evil we create we cannot blame on God directly. However, we can question that why, if God created us, did he give us the power to be evil and create suffering? Natural disasters are a main question of whether God was omnibenevolent in philosophy. Tornados, tsunamis, earthquakes, etc that all cause grief and pain to humans and animals were supposedly created by God. If God created the world, as many Christian’s believe, why did he include such evil events that destroy human beings as well as the world he created. In response to people causing suffering, many Christian’s follow the belief of forgiveness. In the Lord’s Prayer it states ‘the Lord commands us to forgive those who have trespassed against us’. This is one of the rules Christian’s live by and many forgive most sins and pain that has happened to them. Another reason a Christian may forgive Gods suffering is because of the afterlife. For Christian’s the good go to heaven and the bad go to hell. But before you enter either there is a waiting room call purgatory, this is where God reflects on you and your life and sees where you deserve to go. Following forgiveness as is suggested that a Christian does in the bible is a good act and would help you get into heaven. But if we think about God being omnibenevolent (all loving) then the process of heaven and hell seems contradictory. If God loved everyone equally, and preaches that we should forgive, then why does he separate the ‘good’ to heaven and the ‘bad to hell’. There are many views that can be taken on this subject, but this is one looking at a Christian God. I hope this helps.

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