Suffering, Sin, and Satan.

Suffering, Sin, and Satan.

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When you watch the news, look at social media, or read the newspapers, one can see the suffering in the world is overwhelming.

We have seen how Ukrainians are putting up a brave defence of their nation, but we also see the terrible destruction wrought by the Russians on military and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. These have led to injuries and deaths of many innocent people, along with a mass exodus of Ukrainians on a scale not seen since WWII.

Russia is causing huge suffering for its own political gain, repeating the cycle of its appalling treatment of Ukrainians during Stalin’s reign during WWII, and now with Putin’s terrible machinery of war in 2022.

Whenever Russia comes up against a determined enemy and cannot make headway on the battlefield, it tries to bomb its enemies into submission. We can only hope and pray that Ukraine is the anvil on which Russia’s war machine will be broken. Though Putin has hardened his heart like the Biblical Pharaoh, we must pray that he will be removed from power so that peace might be restored for both the Ukrainian and Russian people who see Putin’s campaign as unjustified and pure evil.

Though the news has largely been focused on Ukraine we cannot forget that there are other areas of the world that are also suffering through the conflict of war, including the Middle East, Africa, among others.

The causation of much of the suffering we see is multi-faceted. Along with war, there is drought, famine, and economic hardship, which continues to blight the lives of millions of people.

Further abroad, other nations feel the effect of sanctions on Russia with the rise in the price of oil and energy prices. For those on low incomes, it will be a choice between choosing to eat or fuel your body or turning the gas on to heat you’re home.

Churches, charities, neighbours, and individual good samaritans will be on standby to help where they can, but prayer will most definitely be needed in the tough days ahead.

Human activity in our world has created suffering not only for ourselves but on a planetary scale, for other species too. With our overpopulation, chaotic civilization, and lack of care for the environment with noxious gases released into the atmosphere (resulting in climate change), this results in suffering and hardship of our own making.

The word ‘sin’ may seem like an old-fashioned concept to some, but God holds every human to account. Sin is ultimately the root of all suffering for humankind on this planet.

It matters not, what car you drive, whether you live in a hovel or a mansion, your nationality, race, faith, etc, sin affects us all. Like cancer, in humans, we have infected this planet and everything around us.

The moment Eve was tempted by the snake to eat of the apple of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil and offer some to Adam – that is when all our problems began.

Well-meaning people throughout the years have tried all sorts of things to alleviate suffering. Whether that be through science, other faiths, etc. To a certain extent, these things have partially worked and may bring limited help to suffering. In the end, though, the real answer to our plight is Jesus Christ. Jesus knew suffering on a daily basis in his own life through the events and people he encountered during his 3-year mission.

Jesus paid the ultimate price for human sin in the world, because as it is said in scripture, sin leads to suffering and ultimately, death. Jesus by his death on the cross offers salvation to all who would repent and believe in the name of God’s one and only son.

Through Christ’s death on the cross and his glorious resurrection, His Word and Spirit promises an entirely new way, new truth, and a brand new life. This is true for both this life and the life beyond where our suffering has finished and ultimately, we will live with God forever in peace, security, love, and harmony for all.

One day soon, Jesus, God in human form, will eventually return. He will usher in a rule on our planet where Satan, sin, and suffering will be vanquished forever.

Let us finish with some encouraging scripture:

1 Peter 5:10: “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you”.

Romans 8:15: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us”.

Romans 8:28: “And we know that those who love God, all things will work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose”.

God bless you,

Nick x.

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