If God is good and all-powerful, why is there pain and suffering in the world?

Oftentimes you hear skeptics attack Christianity claiming that God is evil and unjust. As atheist Stephen Fry said about God in an interview last year, “How dare [God] create a world in which there is so much misery that is not our fault? It’s not right. It’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?… [God] is monstrous, utterly monstrous, and deserves no respect whatsoever.” This is not only a concern of of non-believers, however, believers struggle with this question as well. The good news is, the Bible provides a clear answer. The question arises from a misunderstanding of the world God created and how it came to be the way it is today. To answer this question we need to go back to the beginning.

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