Why Does God Permit Human Suffering? - Part 1 | Herbert W. Armstrong
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Watch Part 2: https://youtu.be/NeBnxF8IDOs
For deeper understanding read "Why God Permits Human Suffering" by Herbert W. Armstrong from the Plain Truth magazine in May, 1984, which had a worldwide circulation fo 6.5 million at that time: https://www.hwalibrary.com/cgi-bin/get/hwa.cgi?action=getmagazine&InfoID=1335621477
Also, watch "Why Does God Allow War?" World Tomorrow TV program by Herbert W. Armstrong (aired May 18, 1982):
Also, watch "Why Wars and Suffering" World Tomorrow TV program by Herbert W. Armstrong:
This video clip is audio taken directly from portions of two of Herbert W. Armstrong's radio program "The World Tomorrow". The first portion "The Kingdom of God" aired June 07, 1979: https://www.hwalibrary.com/cgi-bin/get/hwa.cgi?action=getbroadcast&InfoID=1332082501
"My friends, why does God permit wars? Why does God permit suffering on this earth? Why does He permit poverty? Why does He permit unhappiness and all of these terrible conditions that we see on the earth?
Now, a good many people ask that question and they reason that if God is all-Powerful He could stop it. And if He is a loving God and a compassionate and a merciful God and really loves us He wouldn't want us to suffer and He has the power to stop it. The answer is then why does God not stop it, why does He permit all of the unhappiness, why does He permit the sickness, why does He permit the suffering, the poverty, the fear and the worry and the empty lives and the terrible unhappy conditions that we see all over this earth?
Now, I'm going to give you the answer very quickly.
It is because God permits men to think and to act for themselves. It's because God permits us to be free moral agents. It is because God does not force His religion on us. He does not cram His religion down our throats.
Now, the only way God that could prevent wars the only way that He could prevent suffering, poverty, unhappiness, sickness and disease and all these things would be to cram His religion down our throats so to speak…
The reason is because God is permitting man to do as man seems to think is right and "there is a way that seems right to a man [it seems so right], but the end thereof are the ways of death." Now, that happens to be true. That's just a plain fact. Not very many people believe it I know, but it's a fact. It's a fact you can't get around. And the only way that God could prevent all of these terrible conditions would be to prevent man from doing the things that bring these terrible conditions upon us. And man wants to do it and if God prevented man from doing it He would have to prevent man from thinking for himself or acting with free volition as man decides. And to do that He would have to make man like an automaton or like some absolutely brainless mindless creature of some kind that had to do just as God had set it to do and would be totally unable to think or to reason or to plan or to act according to self direction and free volition, free moral agency.
Now, God put us here for a purpose. And if God did that it would defeat the whole purpose of God."
The second portion is from "God's Plan and Why Men Suffer Now" which aired May 20, 1979: https://www.hwalibrary.com/cgi-bin/get/hwa.cgi?action=getbroadcast&InfoID=1331928073
"You know, for 6,000 years we’ve been going contrary to God’s ways, that’s why we have wars, that’s why God is allowing war, my friends. Now, that 6,000 years that God allotted for man to go his own way is almost over. We’re coming to the place where man would destroy human life from off this planet. And God is soon going to intervene, my friends. He is going to send Jesus Christ to this earth to save us from ourselves, and to rule the world. That, my friends, is the glad, the happy time that is coming after we have learned a few more lessons. Well, God speed that day."
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