Why Do People Suffer?

In these days when the Gospel of Christ is being perverted by almost all preachers
it seems hard for most people to understand why people suffer. We are being taught
lies by preachers who tell us what we want to hear.

The truth is that our spirits are not holy enough to please God. We were raised in
homes where the fear of God was not taught to us. We have offended God in many
ways and we didn´t even know we were doing it because we were in deep darkness.

These offenses against God brought curses on us and our children,  just like Adam
was cursed. All offenses against God bring curses. As the Bible writers said, ´The
wages of sin is death.´ If you can remember that God will curse you for every sin it
can help you fear Him as you should. If you fear God enough you will obey Him. If you
obey Him then He will give you His Holy Spirit. When you receive the Holy Spirit you
will know and love Him, and not want to offend Him anymore.

So when you see great disasters, wars, famines and plagues you can be sure that
the first reason for it was human sin, but there may be other reasons.

The starving little children of the world are hungry tonight. They were hungry last
night, too. Why? The sin of their parents brought curses from God on their nation and
family. Are these little children guilty of sin? Probably not, but the curse of their
parents affects them just like Adam´s sin affects us today. This shows the importance
of fearing God! If you do not fear Him and obey Him you will suffer for it. Don´t let
anyone teach you otherwise. To sin against God is the greatest foolishness anyone can
do. You cannot hide your sin from Him. He will see it and His angels will have already
written it in a book to witness against you on Judgment Day. We are going to be judged
by what we have done in our life. Do not fool yourself: our sins are not hidden from God.
He knows our hearts, so He has even the sins of our hearts on His mind. God grants life
to the repentant sinner, but there is still punishment:

If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity. (Job 10:14)

There remains the question of why Jesus suffered. Jesus did not sin against God and
was filled with the Holy Spirit from His mother´s womb. Jesus should not have to suffer,
but it pleased God to have Him suffer so that there would be both a curse on the Jews
who had Him killed and a blessing from God on Jesus for being faithful unto death.

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to
        grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he
        shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the
        pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be
        satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify
        many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he
        shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured
        out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the
        transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made
        intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:10-12)

When Jesus ¨shall bear their iniquities¨ it does not mean He removed their sins and made
them His own, it means He patiently endures the wickedness of His people while bringing
them to perfection. Jesus is glorified by God now and seated at the right hand of God in
heaven. He received all of this glory because of His willingness to die rather than deny God.
He is now the High Priest of God in the Holy of Holies where He can make ¨intercession for
the transgressors¨. At the same time, Jesus Christ´s death brought a curse on those people
who killed Him, the Jews:

Let their table become a snare before them: and that which
        should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their
        loins continually to shake. 
Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful
        anger take hold of them.
 Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their  tents.
 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk
        to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.
 Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into
        thy righteousness.
 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be
        written with the righteous. (Psalms 69:22-28)

Likewise, the apostles who were killed later died both to bring curses on the people who
killed them and to earn glory for eternal life in heaven.

The saints of God alive in this earth today suffer frequently. Sometimes for their sin:
to make them clean. Sometimes to both curse those who harm them and to earn glory
for eternal life in heaven. To share in the glory of Jesus Christ is worth suffering for.
We are to believe the words of Jesus who said:

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake:
        for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you,
        and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in
        heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before
        you. (Matthew 5:10-12)
We should be glad when we suffer for our sins, because those who God punishes for
sin quickly are those He loves the most. God will not allow His beloved children to slide
into deep sin and bring curses on themselves without correcting them quickly.

Those who God does not have great love for He allows to sink deep into sin and He
does not correct them. He allows them to bring very great condemnation on themselves.
Why does God not love them? God knows our past and our future, so He can pick the people
He knows will serve Him.

God can also harden hearts to make people sin against Him. This also comes from some
curse on us or defect within us that God finds deeply offensive. This is the greatest curse
of God: for Him to NOT correct us through suffering. Those
you see who sin every day and
seem to never suffer at all are those who God has
reserved for the greatest condemnation
on Judgment Day, and they are blind to the
approaching danger. Do not envy the sinful
people who prosper in the world, because
their end will be very painful.