Lesson 4 - Why So Much Suffering?


Introduction

With so much evil, unfairness and corruption in the world, the question is often asked, “where does all of this evil come from?” If God is so good and powerful, why doesn't He do something about the evil that exists? Why do the innocent suffer, while the wicked continue to prosper?


In this Bible study lesson, we will seek to give Biblical answers to these questions and more?

Is God responsible for suffering and sin that exist in the world? 1 John 4:8; Jeremiah 31:3

1 John 4:8

“He that ____________ not knoweth not God; for God is ________.”

Jeremiah 31:3

“The ____________ hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have _____________thee with an _______________ ___________:”

Who first committed sin? 1 John 3:8a

1 John 3:8a

“He that committeth sin is of the ____________; for the __________ sinneth from the beginning.”

What was Satan's name before he sinned? Where was he living at that time? Isaiah 14:12. Luke 10:18

 Isaiah 14:12

“How art thou fallen from _______________, O ____________, son of the morning!”

Luke 10:18

“And he said unto them, I beheld ___________ as lightning fall from
_________________.”

Who created Lucifer? What was he like when he was created? What responsible position did he hold? Ezekiel 28:12-15

Ezekiel 28:12-15

“Thou sealest up the sum, full of _______________, and perfect in______________. Thou hast been in __________ the __________ of God; every precious stone was thy _______________, 

Thou art the anointed ____________ that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the ___________ _______________ of God; . . . . .Thou wast ____________ in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till _________________ was found in thee.”

What happened in Lucifer's life that led him to sin? What blasphemous sin did he commit? Ezekiel 28:17; Isaiah 14:13, 14.

Ezekiel 28:17

“Thine ____________ was _________ ______ because of thy beauty, thou hast _____________ thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:”

Isaiah 14:13, 14

“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will __________ into heaven, I will ____________ my throne above the stars of God: . . . . I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like _________
________.”

What happened in heaven as a result of Lucifer's rebellion? Revelation 12:7-9

Revelation 12:7-9

“And there was _______________ in heaven: Michael and his angels ____________ against the dragon; and ________________ fought and his angels, . . . . And the great dragon was ________
_________, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was ________ _________ into the ____________, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Where does Satan currently dwells and what does the Bible says he goes about doing? Job 2:2; 1 Peter 5:8

Job 2:2

“And the ____________ said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, from going to and fro in the________________, and from walking up and down in it.

1 Peter 5:8

“Be ___________, be _____________; because your _____________the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may_______________:

What will be the ultimate fate of Satan and his angels? Matthew 25:41

Matthew 25:41

“Then shall he say also unto them on the __________ ___________,___________ from me, ye cursed, into ________________________, prepared for the _______________and his angels:”

Who destroys the work of the Devil? 1 John 3:8b

1 John 3:8b

“For this purpose the _______ of __________ was manifested, that he might ________________ the works of the ______________.”

How can we overcome the power of Satan while living in this world? (Ephesians 6:10-12; James 4:7, 8)

Ephesians 6:10-12

“Finally, my brethren, be ______________ in the ___________, and in the ______________ of his might. Put on the whole ______________ of God, that ye may be able to ____________ against the wiles of the _____________ . . . . ”

James 4:7-8
“Submit yourselves therefore to __________. ___________the devil, and he will ___________ from you. _________ ________to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”