Suffering is one of the most common reasons people doubt God.
If God is so loving, how can such bad things happen?
Trite statements by Christians only make this worse:
Something good will come out this, just wait.
God has a purpose for everything.
Something good will come out of rape, child abuse, or the premature death of a loved one…
As if God were committing atrocities so we’d learn a lesson later.
I want to propose that most people live with the expectation that this world is heaven, so when they discover (through observing or experiencing suffering) that it isn’t, they are devastated. Specifically, their idea of God is devastated.
This is a very complicated topic because we are indeed eternal beings, yet we do not live in an eternal world.
As eternal beings, we long for heaven. Not just heaven as the place or destination, but a state of being without suffering, pain, disease, and death. This is, in fact, what we were created for so it makes perfect sense we’d still be hardwired for this. What we long for is a world without the effects of sin, while we live in the midst of a world riddled by these effects.