“The Truth is the very essence of the Gospel. It is the crux of every battle we face”.*
Every purveyor of false doctrine attempts to reshape Truth into truth as he or she perceives it and wants to present it, and then, of necessity, it becomes false. Non-Truth. It is here, on this battleground, that we are to meet the spiritually lost at their point of need – with the Truth of the Gospel. The hope within us. We point people to the Bible in their search for the Answer to their spiritual dilemmas.
Our invitation: Scrutamini Scripturas – Let’s look at the Scriptures.
And we draw, we don’t push. We invite. Winsomeness wins the day, and the heart, the Lord willing. John Wesley stated that the way to a man’s heart is through his mind. Evangelism is a delightfully sincere mixture of living it and sharing it – the Gospel Truth. How powerful is the impression one receives from a man or woman who lovingly disciples others into the Kingdom of God through personal example and wise presentation of the Scriptures.
We Christians have only one foundation for our feet and our beliefs – the infallible, Holy Word of God. Living like Jesus is the most powerful way to prove what we believe and where we stand. Our daily lives give voice to our witness. Are we faithful? Do we live what we say we believe? Are we like Jesus at home? On the job? Behind the wheel? In every area of our lives 24 hours a day? Every day? Are we giving credible witness to the power of a risen Savior residing and at work in our lives, proving that what we say we believe we really do believe, these Scriptures – and that it works, this Truth?
As we hold forth this Gospel Truth to those entangled in the hypocrisies and heresies of false doctrines, God’s Truth must penetrate and permeate our very being so as to give authenticity to our words of testimony. We must ring true to those conditioned by hearing clanging falsehoods. Our witness must linger in the minds of those we speak to with a haunting holiness they’re not accustomed to considering. This requires correspondence between what we say, what we live, and the reality of the Gospel Truth.
Truth may be received (our goal), rejected, or ignored, but never reinvented (the goal of false doctrines). Truth will ever be Truth: the same yesterday, today, and forever. Just as Jesus. For He is Truth. And timidity is not the hallmark of those who know the God of Truth. We are to speak the Truth in love through the power of the Holy Spirit and trust the Lord to work in the minds of those to whom we have opportunity to witness.
When we’re asked a question about Truth that we can’t answer, we should respond with the promise to find out. Scrutamini Scripturas – Let’s look at the Scriptures! We must not let the specter of not knowing something or how to perfectly explain an issue cause us to retreat from the battlefield. Rather we prepare to the best of our ability by being in the Word and prayer daily, then proceed to bring together God and the people in need of Him.
Freedom of religion doesn’t mean that every religion will free us from the bondages of sin. Indeed, most religions bring bondage most deceitful, as they promise freedom but bring slavery of the worst sort. For what can be worse than the belief, falsely but tightly held, that one is right with God, and isn’t? We must beware being caught up in our own thing while walking among the spiritually dead as if there were no danger ahead for them. We are commissioned by Christ to seek out and pursue the lost. To snatch them from the fire. To lovingly present the Gospel Truth without wavering. As His ambassadors; His representatives; His messengers on a mission. Our invitation is ever the same: Scrutamini Scripturas – Let’s look at the Scriptures. The Gospel Truth. For herein, alone, we find true, eternal freedom.
1 Timothy 1:17
* Authors Sherrer & Garlock
To use a big word, hermeneutics is the science or art of interpretation, especially of the Scriptures. And eight rules of interpretation are used by literary, law, and theological scholars. With this stuffy introduction behind us, let’s jump right into the delight of rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
1. Rule of Definition – this rule states that the correct meanings of all words must be determined and accepted. Word definitions change as years pass. And the definition of words translated into English, or any other language, from an original language can be tricky to define with precision.
The word love is a classic example of difficult translation definition. The Greek words for love are narrow and precise in the New Testament. The English word love is broad and covers nearly everything everywhere. I love my dog. I love my family. I love my husband. I love the Lord. No distinctions here while using the same word love. But in the Greek, when defining love for a spouse, the word eros is used. When defining love for the family,phileo is used. Love for a dog uses the Greek word storge that defines love between a parent and child, or the love of an owner for his dog. Agape is used to reveal God’s love for mankind. Narrow and precise definitions.
A helpful tool in defining words in the Bible is Strong’s English/Hebrew/Greek Dictionary. You will be delightfully astounded at word meanings in Scripture as you explore definitions with this dictionary. It’s worth its price on CBD, or at your local Bible book store.
Look at the Scripture reference Genesis 35:1-4. This was a reference taught from during a Sunday School class I sat in years ago. Jacob instructs his family to get rid of their gods and idols. And their response is to take off their earrings! What was the connection? Did God see my wearing of earrings as a form of idolatry? I was genuinely puzzled. I came home and went to my Strong’s Dictionary for clarification.
Three Hebrew words were used for earrings. One meant an amulet, a charm, used to ward off evil spirits. The other two words both meant something round, a ring with a jewel for the ears. Ah. The Rule of Definition to my rescue. And my conscience is clear when I wear earrings. 🙂
2. Rule of Context – to rightly interpret the Bible, Scripture must be determined and accepted in its full context, in its full setting, in its full subject matter. Scripture agrees with itself, because the Trinity is undivided and indivisible. The Holy Spirit instructed holy men to write the Word of God, and He never contradicts Himself. The Bible, in the original languages, is inerrant – without error as the Holy Spirit gave it to the writers. Before taking off on a jag with a verse or two of Scripture out of context, follow it through the Word, search out all the references, and know exactly God meant to say in that Scripture. We save ourselves much trouble and are safe from misleadings as we make use of this interpretive Rule of Context. As we read the Word, hear it preached or presented in a class setting, God will impress us personally with His instruction or comfort. But He will never guide us in any way that isn’t consistent with Himself and His whole Word. And this leads us into the Rule of Unity.
3. Rule of Unity – accepting all Scripture as Scripture; accepting that all Scripture is in unity with, and supports, all Scripture in its entirety. The Bible is a glorious tapestry held together by the very unity of the Trinity. Tug on any topic of Scripture and follow that thread throughout the whole of Inspiration. It is tightly interwoven to provide profitability for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness that we may be perfected, supplied, and supported with all we need to know and do God’s will in this life. This Rule of Unity insures that the Rule of Context stands firm without deviation. And leads us into the Rule of Precedent.
4. Rule of Precedent – the process of comparison to determine an accurate interpretation of vague, obscure, or complex passages of Holy Writ. This rule states that when a text, standing in its context, could be interpreted in more than one way, it must conform to established fact and truth relative to the subject. In these cases, the established truth serves as precedent for the obscure or complex text. We must accept the standard of truth, and can stand spiritually and scripturally secure, interpreting within that boundary.
The Bible is a whole truth. The harder-to-understand sections agree with the whole. There are no contradictions or inconsistencies within the Trinity or the Word of God. You can count on and rest in that.
Are there Scriptures difficult to understand? Yes. Peter states that some of Paul’s writings are hard to be understood (2 Peter 3:16), and we are told of mysteries and secrets in Scripture. But Peter goes on to say that we take these out of context, or misinterpret them, to our detriment and destruction.
How much wiser to take the Word of God to God Himself and ask Him to open our understanding that we might understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:45)! The Holy Spirit, the Author of the Bible, the Spirit of Truth, is also our Teacher (John 15:17&26). Take your questions and the harder-to-understand Scriptures to Him. He not only has the answer – He IS the Answer! He will open our eyes to see the wondrous things in His Word (Psalm 119:18). It’s His good pleasure to answer questions from the inquiring hearts of His dear children.
In the next writing, we’ll explore the last four rules of interpretation that complete the groundwork for rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
Rightly dividing the Word of Truth – dissecting correctly the divine message; dealing with Scripture accurately, carefully discerning each shade of meaning. “Meditate upon these things; give yourself wholly to them; that your progress may appear to all. Take heed to yourself, and unto the doctrine; continue herein: for in doing this you shall both save yourself and those who hear you” when you give answer of the hope within (1Timothy 4:15&16; 1 Peter3:15).
Blog authored by Jamie Tamez
1 Timothy 1:17
Before my eye-opening experience with God, I wasn’t aware of the term worldview. Soon after my eyes were opened, I was given a video set called The Truth Project, and it helped me realize the significance of how we see the world. God is and has been active in my life, yet I neglected to acknowledge him – either out of doubt or being preoccupied with other things, and by other ideologies.
A worldview requires sense perception and consistent methods of interpretation. Sense perception is necessary and reliable enough for understanding reality. At the same time, that which gives meaning and substance to what is perceived to be real goes beyond the physical and determines our stance on topics such as politics, human rights, family, and all those things that tug at our heart. Worldviews influence self-esteem, decision making, and how we treat others. That is why our outlook on life and how we see the world is important and why we should be cautious of empty deceit.
Solutions to issues in our culture and community can be seen from many angles. Some would believe that the truth about most topics is relative to each person and the angle at which each person is coming at the topic. This belief lacks truth because if it is all relative, then what is true? A secular worldview sees things from a humanistic point of view and would even question God’s supremacy over all, putting man as supreme. When man is ultimately in control and decisions are based on personal preference, our integrity is compromised because not everyone has the same outlook on life.
There are many ideologies that influence our worldview. Some are better than others, but what we are gambling with is our heart. An honest assessment of our character and our views can expose in what and whom we put our confidence. Someone with a biblical worldview has their confidence in one God, the God of the Holy Bible.
A biblical worldview recognizes God as sovereign, righteous and as Creator, the uncaused Cause. It is highly considerate of the nature of God, God as in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The inerrancy of the Bible is core since a biblical worldview is grounded in the Bible and God’s truth claims.
The Bible was given by God and, believe it or not, it is true – much physical evidence is available. The challenge is how we come together and consistently interpret and explain all that is available to us. Responsible use of the mediums that we have at our disposal and actively discerning what we are exposed to as consumers is imperative to avoid being deceived into illogical behaviors and ideas.(2) These ideas will shape our worldview and affect how we think and what we choose to believe. Eliminating all ideas that oppose the majority would help a particular ideology, but at the same time limit our understanding of reality. So when considering different opinions, we must be careful not to compromise biblical truth for temporary comfort.
One way to measure the tension between worldviews and what is at risk is our identity. At one point I questioned who I was, asking myself, “Am I who they say I am?” This process was difficult because of how much “their” opinion meant to me. Since we are all opinionated at times, let’s agree that opinions do matter and serve a purpose, but they are not what we should base our identity on. Opinions, just like characteristics, are going to change with time, but God is not limited by time and he does not change. When people and all the things in which we find so much significance let us down, remember that we were created by God and for God.
Our identity has been established, and our understanding of it is limited by time, so we must not waste it. God himself said “let us make man in our own image” (Genesis 1:26), and it was done. Then in a selfless expression of love, God made himself known physically, in Jesus, reconciling all of mankind once and for all. When I came to the understanding of the power of the gospel, my trajectory in life and my interpretation of the world around me was different.
Knowing your worth in Christ is good, but loving your neighbor as yourself is equally as important. Understanding all doctrine might not be necessary for salvation, but working to do so will strengthen your faith and your defense for what you believe. What I believe and placing my confidence in God has impacted my life, and that of those around me, in many good ways.
We can easily be misled into dangerous territory because naturally we are intelligent, creative, and emotional people. We can be curious, and the mind is powerful, so there is a lot at stake and the attacks come from different angles. For example, education, entertainment, religions, and politics are some areas where crafty deception is lurking for its victims. We can be challenged intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally, and for that reason we must “be strong in the Lord” (Ephesians 6:10) and hold on firmly to His word. His revelation is a blessing and our best defense. Most importantly, we have an intercessor – his name is Jesus (Romans 8:34). The gospel of Jesus Christ is essential in our walk as we follow Him. As humble followers of Jesus, we must fix our eyes on him as he leads us “in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalms 23). This Christian worldview stands on a firm foundation that has stood the test of time. “I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments” (Colossians 2:4 ESV).
Blog authored by Jaime Martinez
It will be a year in a couple of months that my dad passed away. Since his passing, I have been to a few more funerals of friends and church members. Why talk about death on a Christian apologetics site? Well, because we all know someone that has passed; it will happen to all of us; and the Bible has plenty to say about it.
Just a quick synopsis of what the Bible says about death. First of all death came into the world because of sin. Paul tells us, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Rom 5:12). “It is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgement” (Hebrew 9:27). “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4:25) “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.” (1 Corinthians 15:20-21). John tells us, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25). These scriptures are very important to the foundation of our Christian faith, and these should be comforting at the time of our loss. My purpose here is to comfort someone’s heart.
In comparison to the Christian view, Islam teaches that at the end of history, God will judge the work of all men. Those whose good deeds outweigh their bad deeds will enter into paradise. The rest will be consigned to hell. Atheists believe that at death the person ceases to exist, and there is no eternal soul that continues on for eternity. Eastern and New Age religions hold to a pantheistic world view where one goes through an endless cycle of reincarnation until the cycle is broken and the person becomes one with the divine. Those who hold to the tribal religions teach that after death the human soul remains on the earth or travels to join the departed spirits of the ancestors in the underworld.
We as Christians know that our believing loved ones go to heaven after they pass on, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8), but we are still left with that empty pain in our hearts from missing them dearly. We miss the love they showed us; their contagious laughter; the wisdom and the advice they gave us; but especially their company. When they leave us we miss them, and from our perspective it seems like an eternity until we will see them again.
Did you ever wonder why “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) after being told that Lazarus had died? He knew and knows the beginning from the end. So what brought Him to tears? I think the love he has for us. In his humanity, something struck a chord in his heart. Perhaps he remembered something special that happened between him and Lazarus. Or he was moved by seeing how Lazarus’ family was feeling. Therefore I see this as a written example of how we can react when someone special leaves us.
The good news is we don’t have to walk this painful journey by ourselves, because when Jesus ascended, he promised to send the Comforter. So what does this mean to us as mourners? It means that we are not alone during these hard times. It means that the Creator of the universe is with us. He tells us that “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted” (Psalm 34:18). It means we can rest in his peace and comfort that is beyond our understanding.
Lastly, God tells us in his Word to comfort each other as we are comforted by him (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). We do need each other during the loss of a loved one. Knowing that the other person knows what we are feeling brings comfort and takes the edge off our pain. I’ve held my mom’s hands as she wept for my dad. On Christmas morning I was telling my daughter that this was the first year in as long as I could remember that I didn’t get to wrap a gift for my dad. My daughter shared that she remembered how much he loved her buttered yams last year. Before we knew it we are crying over food preparation! Just as real as the pain is, so is the comfort.
So what is the take away to this year of grieving?
- We have the blessed hope to see our loved ones again.
- We are allowed to grieve.
- We are comforted by the Holy Spirit in the midst of our pain.
- We are comforted by one another.
- Our Hope is in the resurrection of Christ.
So with that said, cherish and value people you love while they are still here. Also remember the good memories of the special people that have left and just remember that we will see them very soon.
Blog authored by Rebecca Coca
It’s amazing the things you see on social media these days. Lightening-fast news updates, good info on the latest movie, pictures of fuzzy animals doing whatever fuzzy animals do, laugh-out-loud stories of your neighbor’s kid doing whatever your neighbor’s kid does, a few things you wish could un-see, and more than a few articles or videos that soundscriptural, but aren’t.
Sound familiar? You click on a link hoping to find God-breathed wisdom just to find a few scriptures taken out of context and turned into a bunch of man-made foolishness. Yet it actually does have a slight ring of godliness. Well, sure, it certainly sounds like something Jesus would teach if He were here now. Then again, maybe not. Part of you wonders how this ever made it onto a Bible-believing Christian’s Timeline, another part of you wonders how we’re to ever tell the difference between Truth and counterfeit.
Last week, Jamie led us through the first and best way to spot a counterfeit doctrine: Become intimately acquainted with the Truth. The next way to detect counterfeit doctrines is to get to know them. That’s right, study them, get to know how and where and why they differ from the firm foundation of Truth. Why is this important? Because many counterfeit doctrines can, in fact, look pretty darn close to the Truth sometimes.
For example, study the picture below.
Somewhere in this photo, there is one letter that is different from the others…and it’s very difficult to distinguish it from the rest. The difference between a Q and an O (the differing letter in the photo), though small, is one that changes queen to oueen, quack to ouack, and quazi to ouazi. The slight change creates a new word that no longer makes any sense. Even seemingly inconsequential differences between doctrines can lead to big changes in meaning.
One example is the assertion that Muslims and Christians may worship the same God. This idea can cause Christians pause, especially when understanding the similarities in the Islamic views of God. But a detailed investigation into the religion will prove that, though a complex matter, Christians and Muslims do not worship the same triune God of the Bible.
Another vivid example is Penn Jillette’s re-write of the 10 Commandments. The famous comedic magician, author, and atheist chose 10 biblical sounding creeds by which all people should live, including love as one of the highest ideals in life, not putting things or ideas above other human beings, putting aside time to rest, respecting all human life, keeping your promises, not stealing, not lying, and not being envious. Sound familiar? Yet a deeper search reveals that within these slight variations, even by Jillette’s own admission, God’s Truth is removed.
Even closer to home, religious leaders such as Joel Osteen and Rob Bell, among many others, present counterfeit doctrines dressed up in gleaming smiles, promises of riches, and hopes of eternal bliss for the unsaved. Sounds good, doesn’t it? But is it True?
Without thorough training in Truth, and without further delving into the counterfeits to find where they differ from that Truth, we can be deceived into believing an O is really a Q. To be truly prepared to give an answer for the hope within us, and to successfully navigate the often confusing world of counterfeits, we need to understand what other belief systems claim and how those claims differ from Christianity.
Indeed, without truly understanding what others precisely believe, it will be difficult to abide by the principle of presenting our own beliefs and hope with kindness and respect.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”, Proverbs 9:10 tells us, “and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” As Jamie wrote last week, immerse yourself in God-breathed Scripture. Get to know the scent and the sound and the feel of God and His Truth. And then examine other beliefs in the light and context of the Real Thing. This is the second step in detecting counterfeit doctrines. “Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:5).
In this blog I want to explore a few aspects of dualism that I believe could lend great support to the teaching and truth found in the Bible. Keep in mind that these ideas are early in development and will require much more thought to prove them either true or false.
To begin, we need to define our terms, the first one being dualism.
Dualism states that things are defined by their opposite (and by extension you must have knowledge or experience of both sides of a dualistic thing in order to understand the other side.)
We see this with many examples in our dualistic world. You cannot understand light without understanding what dark is. You cannot understand high without understanding low. You cannot understand love without understanding hate, etc. Now understand that you don’t have to know both aspects in order for one to be real. For example, imagine a hypothetical situation where someone is raised in a way that he never experiences darkness (there is always light). Dualism does not cease to exist, it’s just unknowable to him until he experiences both sides. Our first argument for the Bible from dualism will come from this idea: that while you don’t have to experience both sides (light and dark) for either to be true, you do have to experience both sides in order to understand one side.
Our next observation when dealing with Dualism is the necessity for it to be applied to itself. You cannot say that everything (including ideas or abstract notions) is defined by its opposite, and then exempt that statement from its own implications. If everything is defined by its opposite, why is a world that follows the laws of dualism not included? The opposite of a dualistic world or reality would be a non -dualistic world or reality, one that is not bound by the laws of dualism.
Using these two notions we can support multiple aspects of Biblical teaching:
1. We understand what Dualism is. We understand that our world functions by the rules of dualism, that things can be defined by their opposite. But according to dualism the only way to understand something is by also understanding its opposite. We again will reiterate that dualism itself as a philosophy that must be subjected to its own rules, and if there is a dualistic reality, there must also be a non-dualistic reality. But this is where we are left with the question that if we must know the opposite in order to understand a thing, how do we know that this world is dualistic? The only way to understand dualism would be to understand non-dualism, but how is it possible to understand non-dualism in a dualistic world? The Bible gives us a satisfactory answer to this question. The Bible says that we are all made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), that there is an aspect of humanity that is like God. Romans 1:18-25 says that everyone actually knows God, but many suppress that truth in unrighteousness. How does this solve the problem? God is by definition non-dualistic. Within the being of God, within his nature, there is only one side of the spectrum – not good and evil, just good. If we are made in his image (and with the knowledge of him) that would explain how we can understand dualism in this world.
The next Biblical implication would be the existence of a non-dualistic world as a counterpart to our dualistic world. The Biblical model for heaven would fit this non-dualistic description, where there is no more sorrow (although joy exists) there is no more pain (although pleasure is there), etc. In a non-dualistic world things are not defined by their opposite, but by themselves. Granted, that is hard for us to understand in our dualistic world, but our lack of understanding doesn’t prove it wrong. Surely the opposite of things being defined by their opposite would be things defined by themselves, and since we understand things being defined by their opposite, that means we again must have an understanding of things that are defined by themselves (like God, when he swears by himself in the Old Testament).
Some could object and say that a problem biblically will come about with the doctrine of this dualistic world being destroyed and passing away as Revelation talks about, but that isn’t true. Non-dualism (heaven, God, etc.) does not need dualism in order to survive and exist and be known. Only this dualistic world needs God in order to be known and understood. Non-dualism does just fine without dualism. By definition, it’s non-dualistic and therefore does not need its opposite to be defined.
Another area I still need to develop (although all these areas still need further developing) is the apparent dualism of heaven and hell, and how that plays into everything.
There has been no objection raised more often to the Christian teachings and doctrine of God than the issue of suffering and evil. Everyone has wondered why bad things happen, why people must suffer, but very few have the correct understanding of what Scripture says on the topic. This isn’t a question unique to Christianity though, every worldview, every philosophy, every religion must provide an answer to this question, and I think you’ll find the true biblical answer is far different from what others will say.
Now I cannot guarantee you will like the biblical answer to the question, but my goal is not so much to say what you want to hear, but to speak the truth of the Word. The question is typically asked as, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Why is it that good people have to suffer in this world? Why do innocent people starve to death all around the world each day? How could an all-loving God allow such things to happen? Now keep in mind, the question is always asked about innocent, good people, never has anyone (to my knowledge) asked: “Why did God let Hitler have such a rough ending to his life?” No one cares that Hitler suffered and ended up committing suicide. Everyone’s okay with that, because Hitler was a nasty individual who very few people see as being good. But Hitler aside, why do bad things happen to good people? How does the Bible answer that question? The answer goes something like this: bad things do not happen to good people. Pretty simple isn’t it? Here’s what the Bible says:
Romans 3:10: “As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one.”
Jeremiah 17:9: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
When we look at the Biblical description of mankind, humans, it’s pretty clear that humans are wicked, that we are unrighteous, and that we are not good. THAT is the state of mankind, which means when you ask the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people”, you are assuming something that is contrary to what Scripture has told us. You are assuming people are good, which is biblically wrong. No one is good, we are all sinners and deserve to be judged by God and spend eternity separated from Him in hell, which means we are asking the wrong question.
The question should be “Why do good things happen to bad people?” After all, we are all sinners and deserve nothing good, yet God (despite our circumstance) has allowed us to experience love, beauty, peace, joy, etc. God has given us a free gift of salvation (which we don’t deserve) and a promise of eternity with Him. But the question is, why? The answer is also quite simple: the Bible says that God is love, that He loves us so much He came to die for our sins and provide a way for us to spend eternity with Him. But once again, this isn’t something we deserve, it’s a free gift that he has given us out of His love.
The Bible tells us that everything God made was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). There was no suffering or pain in God’s original plan until man decided to rebel against Him. We decided to sin, we decided to bring evil, suffering, and pain into this world by our actions. The Bible says that ALL have sinned (except Jesus Christ) and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We all deserve bad things because of our sin and rebellion toward God. There is only one example of bad things happening to a good person – and He suffered them for you.
The only person who hasn’t sinned, who deserved no suffering (Jesus Christ) is the one who came and suffered on a cross so that we could be saved from the punishment we all deserve. If we repent and put our faith in Christ we also have the promise that suffering will not go on forever, that there will be an end to whatever pain we may find ourselves in. Revelation 21:4: “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
But that’s still not the end, God went even further. God not only provides a way out of our suffering, but He uses the bad things that happen for good if we will trust Him! Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” It doesn’t mean everything is going to be good that happens; things happen in this life that hurt and cause us pain because we live in a world full of sin, but God has promised to use those things for good in the end. The question (“Why do bad things happen to good people?”) is raised to question the love of God, but when properly examined in the light of Scripture, it shows just how much God loves us.