Whenever man experiences misfortunes and sufferings, his tendency is to question God’s love for him. Indirectly though, he is somehow rationalizing that he is suffering because God forsook him. That is, of course, a very wrong line of thinking. Man should realize that all his sufferings are but results, or consequences, of his sins and disobedience to God.
God created man in His image and likeness, according to the Bible. Man was upright when God created him. There was no evil on earth in the beginning; there was no death either. If there was no death, it implies that there was no sickness or illnesses also. There was practically nothing that could pose a threat on the life of man then. At the same time, God also made available to the first man and woman everything that they would need for their sustenance.
GENESIS 2:16-17 (KJV) says,
16 And the LORD God commanded man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
God placed Adam and Eve in a garden that was both botanical and zoological. They were given the freedom to eat every fruit there except that of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; otherwise, they would surely die. This means that death would only come if they would disobey God’s commandment, but if they would faithfully abide by His instructions, they would never experience death. Unfortunately, Adam and Eve failed to obey this one commandment of God. And because of this disobedience, death and sufferings came.
ROMANS 5:12 (KJV) says,
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:
It is apparent that the sufferings of humanity are but a penalty to men’s misdeeds. Sad to say, whenever these things come, instead of acknowledging their wrongdoings, they even question God’s love, mercy, and sense of justice. Others even make it appear that God is a party to their sufferings.
God is a God of justice. And justice must be exercised in every way possible. The universe functions because of justice. As we have learned in science, there is a pull of the sun upon the earth. Aside from the sun, other heavenly bodies around it likewise pull the earth. There has to be an equal pull for the earth to be maintained on its axis and on its path where it revolves around the sun. The sun cannot pull more than what it is allowed to pull because there is gravity that emanates from the sun and there is also gravity that emanates from other heavenly bodies around us, from planets.
Justice, or equal and symbiotic pull, maintains life on earth. If there is no justice, things will go wrong. According to scientists, if we happened to be much closer to the sun, we will be burned; and if we happened to be a little bit farther from it, we will freeze. So, mathematically speaking, we are in an exact place, or spot, in the universe where life could be maintained.
Even social justice is also very important. That is, there should be justice between husband and wife, between parents and children, among members of a family, within a race, within a community, within a nation.
To maintain justice and good relationship within a family, parents must be good providers to their children, and children should be helpers to their parents. It would be injustice to parents if all the tasks will be assigned to them; the same way that it would be injustice to the children if all the duties and responsibilities will be assigned to them.
Justice means equality. In the Greek Bible, it is dikaiosune. In every area of life there must be dikaiosune, or equality. If we go against the law of God, if we go against the rule of equality, we have to suffer the consequences of our disobedience.
This is the reason why people now suffer. Man’s disobedience has destroyed the DNA. What the DNA should contain has been polluted by man’s sins, by his refusal to listen to the justice of God, by the abuses that he does to himself, like taking drugs, and the abuses that he does to the environment. Now, the air is only 21% oxygen and has a very high percentage of carbon which causes lung problems, allergies, and other diseases. The presence of pollutants in the air is a result of man’s abuse of our natural resources.
Many years ago, people who were studying the environment conducted a test. They dug the layers of ice in the North Pole and in the South Pole. The layers, or strata, of ice represented a particular age or period in the history of this planet. In their study, they discovered the presence of a higher percentage of oxygen in a particular layer of ice (which represented a certain age or period). And it was much, much higher than its percentage in our present time.
No wonder why so many bacteria and viruses thrive now. The presence of oxygen at a certain percentage can kill viruses and bacteria. This has been discovered by alternative doctors. That is why, whenever there is an infection, alternative doctors introduce oxygen to the body by injecting the patient with a fluid known as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Hydrogen peroxide will introduce more oxygen into the bloodstream to control the spread of the virus. Sometimes they also use Ozone treatment. Ozone is Oxygen3 (O3). If Oxygen 3 is injected to the bloodstream, much of the bacteria and viruses that infect a person are destroyed.
What am I trying to drive at? People today experience different kinds of sufferings because of their own recklessness and abuses, and because of their disobedience to God. If people did not disobey God, they would not die. God is capable of sustaining our lives even unto what the Bible calls, eternal life.
Definitely, our physical body will age, but God has the power to give us extra strength and extra years. Remember, Methuselah reached the age of 969; Noah lived until he was 950 years old. Imagine, Noah was already 600 years old when God commanded him to build a ship! And at that age, he was still very strong. But look at the people now; they easily grow weak and they die quite young. Sometimes, people already die at the age of 50, 60, or 70. Why? It is because of their abuses in life.
In other words, sufferings are borne out of man’s wrongdoings and abuses, and because of his refusal to obey the words of God.