What is the Purpose of Suffering?

One of the viewers astutely observed:

“With respect to suffering, people always assume that suffering is bad and therefore question why won’t God intervene.”

I presume that without knowing suffering, one would not know how true joy feels like.  Without failing, one would not know how success feels like.  Without experiencing what others go thru, we cannot empathize with them.  From this perspective, suffering completes our humanity.

Since God created this world, I would presume he could intervene at any time. But is this intervention good for us. Like a parent that tries to protect the child, sometime they hinder the progress of their child by overly protecting them. Possibly there is a purpose for suffering?

Now that we have agreed that God can prevent sufferings if he wanted to, but usually lets suffering occur; but what causes suffering? Does God cause the sufferings, or do people cause the sufferings in the world?

In the Tip of the Writing Brush, it is said that God created mankind to live the joyous life.  If we believe this statement, then we may come to the conclusion that people cause the sufferings in the world by their selfish thoughts and actions.

Tenrikyo Church/Heaven’s Truth Church


About heaventruth

A fundamentalist in the translation and interpretation of the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), as it relates to the world today and in the future.
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