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Why does God allow innocent babies to die?
Thank you for contacting us with your honest question. It is one that many people wonder about, feeling that it is hard to reconcile the terrible suffering in the world with the idea of a loving and all-powerful God. Your question is specifically about babies who die.
It is possible that you are asking this question because of a personal experience. If this is the case, I am sorry if this heartbreaking experience has happened in your family or to someone you know. I know how much this can hurt, because my own unborn baby died while still in the womb. However, because I am a Christian, I am looking forward to seeing my little baby when I go to Heaven. In the meantime, my unborn child has escaped the trials and pain of life on earth and is happy and blessed in the arms of God.
However, life on this earth, with all its difficulties, is a privilege and God loves every individual living here, including those who suffer. Have you considered how much He must suffer when people He loves go through terrible experiences? This is proven and demonstrated by the fact that He sent His Son to take our sin and punishment on Himself.
"God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God. (1 Peter 3:18)
God shares profoundly, unimaginably, in human suffering. These verses from the Bible also show something else about suffering: it is linked with human sin. Suffering entered the world alongside sin. It is human sin, terrible wrong choices, that cause much suffering. This happens worldwide through wars and monetary systems that allow some to suffer awful poverty. It also happens in families when family members abuse and hurt each other.
There is other suffering which results more indirectly from living in this fallen world. The book of Romans in the Bible tells us that the whole creation is in 'bondage to corruption' because of sin. (Romans 8:21-23). One day, God will make all things perfect again, but it remains corrupted now because fallen human beings would never cope in a perfect world. We would be the lowest thing in it and would simply ruin it again. So, in this fallen world, we suffer from diseases and natural disasters. In fact, this world reflects back to us our human nature pretty accurately - sometimes just, sometimes unjust, sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly, sometimes kind, sometimes cruel.
God promises to those who trust Him as their Lord and Saviour and receive Him into their lives that He will redeem all their suffering and turn everything to good.
We know that for those who love God all things work together for good. (Romans 8:28)
I know this to be true in my own life. I was damaged by bad experiences as a child and it took a long time before I was healed and whole enough to be able to help other people going through similar experiences. However today I can help and understand some other people because I have suffered what they suffer. I truly understand what they have been through. Someone expressed it this way; 'God turns your mess into your ministry.' He is preparing us for eternal life with Him, forming our character and making us strong and beautiful in Him so that we can reign with Him.
If we endure we will also reign with Him. (2 Timothy 2:12)
Life is not easy and many incomprehensible things happen. Sometimes we have to believe in the face of the temptation to despair. However, Paul, who suffered more than most people, wrote,
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (Romans 8:18)
In summary, God is involved whenever I we suffer and He has a great purpose in all that He permits. We can trust him even when things are at their worst - and there is a great eternal reward for doing so.
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