Have you ever asked, “why does God allow evil?” Or “why is God allowing this suffering in my life?”
These questions are welcome at Bloomingdale Church.
Bloomingdale Church is a welcoming community that believes suffering can only be healed in relationship with God and within a community of God’s people. Where there is no hope, God is our hope.
Questions about suffering stem from what some call the “the problem of evil”: if God is all-powerful, all-loving, and all-good, then why is there suffering?
There are many answers to this question, but efforts to defend God’s ways are misguided if they don’t take into account a personal God acting in specific ways toward His people.
God’s people have always wrestled with how to respond to suffering and evil, but always in the context of a personal relationship.
The Bible offers accounts of God’s people wrestling with evil in their lives and in the world (especially in books like Job, Ecclesiastes, Psalms, Lamentations, and Habakkuk). For instance, Habakkuk, lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile of the Israelites asks God, “why…are [you] silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?”
This is one of many bold questions directed toward God. But Habakkuk is confident enough in his relationship with God that he can express these emotional questions, and God responds to him.
Consider joining our community where we can all work through our past and present experiences of suffering within the context of a personal relationship with Jesus.
Any thoughts or questions? Contact me at email@example.com or look for me at our next service.
Stuart G is Bloomingdale Church’s Missions Director.