Three Biblical principles or axioms of suffering.uffering is real. — Some religions (such as Hinduism, Christian Science) believe that suffering is just illusion. But the pain, grief, and sorrow that we experience in this life is not imaginary. It is real. We cannot talk about suffering in some detached theological manner. Anguish, distress, torment, and agony cannot be reasoned away by some appeal to a few Scriptures taken out of context. Suffering was so real that our Lord Himself came to live in it, experience the full depth of it, conquer it, and redeem it. His suffering was real. So is ours.
- Suffering came into the world as a result of the fall of man. — Death, pain, grief, loneliness, and all other types of suffering were not part of God’s original world (Genesis 1:31; 3:17-19; 5:29; Romans 5:12,14,18; 8:20-22; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22; Revelation 21:3-4). Hence, God is not the author for all the bad things that happen in the world. It is not fair, nor helpful to blame Him for the origin of our pain. Adam and all sinful human beings who prove themselves to be children of Adam are the ones to blame for the curse that the world is under.
- God is in control and sovereign over all events. — Suffering is real, but it is not the only reality. There is more to the universe than pain. God is in charge and nothing happens apart from His involvement at some level (Deuteronomy 32:39; 1 Samuel 2:6-9; 1 Chronicles 29:11-12; Proverbs 16:4; Job 2:9-10; Ecclesiastes 9:1; Isaiah 45:7; Jeremiah 18:1-23; Lamentations 3:37-38; Daniel 2:20-21; 4:17,25,35; Matthew 10:29; Luke 1:53; Acts 1:7; 17:24-26,28; Ephesians 1:4-5; Colossians 1:17; Revelation 4:11). [For more on God’s sovereignty see Who’s In Charge Here?] God has co-opted the suffering of this world for His own purposes.