Why Does God Allow Suffering?

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If God is truly a God of love and mercy, why does He not intervene? Some have concluded that God simply doesn't exist. The answer, however, is much more complex. What does the Bible reveal about the causes of suffering?

Inside this Bible study aid:
-- A World Plagued With Human Suffering
-- A Front-Row Seat for Suffering
-- Why a Loving God Allows Suffering
-- Can We Explain All Suffering?
-- Satan's Role in Suffering
-- How Good Can Come From Suffering
-- How Events Molded the Character of One Future President
-- "It Is Appointed for Men to Die Once"
-- When Will Suffering Cease?
-- Walking Through the Valleys of Life

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Who we are: This publication is provided free of charge by the United Church of God, an International Association, which has ministers and congregations throughout much of the world.

We trace our origins to the Church that Jesus founded in the early first century. We follow the same teachings, doctrines and practices established then. Our commission is to proclaim the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God to all the world as a witness and to teach all nations to observe what Christ commanded (Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20).

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The United Church of God is committed to understanding and practicing New Testament Christianity. We desire to share God’s way of life with those who earnestly seek to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ.

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United Church of God
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Aug 20, 2010
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54
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9780557621514
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English
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Religion / Biblical Studies / Bible Study Guides
Religion / Biblical Studies / General
Religion / Christian Education / General
Religion / Christian Life / Death, Grief, Bereavement
Religion / Christian Life / General
Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
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