Why is there suffering in this world?


The primary cause of suffering in this world is human sin and selfishness. For example, if a man kills his brother’s wife, not only do the family members suffer, but the man himself also experiences mental suffering. Scientific research shows that selfish human activity, like pollution, has a bad effect on the weather patterns around the world. Because of this, many people suffer famine and floods. Human behaviour affects the world. The Bible is very clear about this:

The earth dries up and withers. The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws.[27]

The Bible explains that there is decay, sickness, death and suffering because humanity has turned away from God, the source of all life and blessing.