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One question that people, even many Christian people, have today is, why does God allow suffering in the world? While this is a difficult philosophical question, I believe it is greatly aggravated by a problem in our current perspective. As C. S. Lewis points out, we live in a culture that tries to evade all responsibility for sin. We have taken ourselves out of the dock and tried to put God in the dock, blaming Him for the existence of suffering. Now Scripture speaks firmly against the idea that all suffering is a judgment against specific sin in the life of the sufferer. (Job 1,2; John 9:1-3; Hebrews 11:35-40). But the existence of suffering is justified because we are sinners who deserve it (Romans 3:23; Jeremiah 17:9; Isaiah 64:6). And God does use suffering in our lives for our benefit (2 Corinthians 4:17,18; James 1:2-4; Romans 8:28).