Why do we Suffer? “Cursed World”

Suffering is a part of this world we live in. It’s not fun, it’s not glamorous, it’s not pretty, but it hits everyone. So why do we suffer?

1. We live in a fallen world filled with fallen people.

2. We live in a cursed world.

Yes, our world is cursed. It wasn’t always that way though. At creation it was beautiful and perfect. There was nothing bad in the world – NOTHING! And then sin entered the world, and the curse was put in effect. Genesis 3:14-19 gives us the details of the curse.

” The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,
    cursed are you above all livestock
    and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
    and dust you shall eat
    all the days of your life.
 I will put enmity between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
    and you shall bruise his heel.”

 To the woman he said,

“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
    in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be contrary to your husband,
    but he shall rule over you.”

 And to Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
    and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
    ‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
    in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
    and you shall eat the plants of the field.
 By the sweat of your face
    you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
    for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
    and to dust you shall return.”

Ouch. Toil, pain, thorns, death.

For women there was now pain in childbearing. I’ve experienced this pain three times, and it is intense pain – and it’s all part of living in a cursed world. We also get to experience discord in our marriages because of the curse. We will strive against each other. At creation marriages were intended to be perfect just like everything else, but we see that isn’t the case anymore.

For men work would now be difficult. Adam was already told to work before the fall. He was to tend the garden, but now it wasn’t going to be easy. It was going to be sweaty, painful, back-breaking work.

And for everyone death was coming. Illness, aging, injuries, pain, all entered the world in that moment.

Some of the  suffering in this life is due to living in a cursed world. The pain of childbirth, the laboring of work, aging, and death. Stepping on a thorn is part of suffering in a cursed world. Natural disasters are part of the curse, too.

When I got stung by the scorpion, I told God, “That’s a nice creature You created.” (Pain makes you say stupid things to God sometimes.) But it hit me that before the fall, the scorpion wouldn’t have caused pain, because there was no pain before the curse. So that little vicious creature is a part of the cursed world we live in.

One day God is creating a new heaven and a new earth and everything will be as it was supposed to be. Death will be no more. Pain will be eliminated. Discord and strife will be a thing of the past. And scorpions will be a pleasant little animal – or maybe they won’t exist at all. (Gotta admit that I wouldn’t be sad about that.) We suffer the effects of the curse every day, but one day the curse will be gone, and we will experience what God wanted the world to be at the beginning.

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