A lot of people blame God for suffering.
"If God loves us, then why is there suffering?" And usually people say "to teach us a lesson."
And that isn't true. God did not create suffering. God was actually the first to suffer; He had to suffer the betrayal of Lucifer (who was jealous of God) and the rest of the angels Lucifer that had been manipulated to go against God (a total of one-third of the angel population.) Well, God and the remaining angels (the two-thirds) won the war Lucifer started. And God created Hell and cast Lucifer and the fallen angels in there.
Which leads to the next common question: "If God loves us, then why does He send people to Hell?"
Which the answer being is this: Hell was not meant for humans. It was meant for Lucifer (Who is referred to as the devil) and his followers.
So when God created Adam and Eve, and the Devil told them to sin, THAT is what brought suffering to this world.
Adam and Eve had lived in literal paradise- with only joy and love. But when they chose to sin, it all fell apart.
It was not God who created or caused suffering. It was us, straying from God because we thought we knew better.
And because of the sin, suffering was here stay, and hell was opened to humans because (and this part is what I interpretted, but consult an expert for their opinion if you wish) Adam and Eve had followed Satan when the sinned. And Hell was made for Satan and his followers.
But God did not want that for us. So He offered us ways to fix it.
In the Old Testament, people sacrificed the purest and most perfect animals in God's name, and they had laws to obey sent by God. However, the entire Old Testament is what God was trying to show us: no one is perfect, and we all fall short.
So He sent someone who was (and is) perfect. Someone who wouldn't fall short. He sent us His son. Who suffered for us to be the ultimate, perfect sacrifice. Because He was Jesus, who never sinned and was (is) God.
(And I know that's confusing. That Jesus is God but he's God's son. It's something I had to ask and ask and ask about for a long time. It's still hard to describe because I use finite words to describe an infinite omnipresent being who is all knowing and had three different forms: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. So God, Jesus, and how He lives inside you all at once.)
So when Jesus died on the cross- it was the sacrifice everyone had been trying to make but failed for thousands of years. It was THE perfect sacrifice, and that's why Jesus dying for us can save people from going to hell. Because if people only ask Jesus to forgive their sins and ask Him in their heart, then they'd be forgiven ALWAYS and go to Heaven.
But suffering doesn't go away from this world. Which is part of the reason why Heaven is so great; when we die, we get to go to a perfect world with NO suffering at all.
So God didn't cause suffering, but He gave us a way to escape it. But not everyone accep
In order to understand Jesus ( God), we have to understand both sides of Him, and as humans, we can't do that. Maybe we never will, even in heaven.
We do, in a sense. Forgiving is almost synonomous with understanding, so once we understand God's motives, we can in a sense "forgive" him.
God does not sin, so no one has to forgive Him.
Maybe he is pure forgiveness, just like how Aristotle's god was pure actualization and pure understanding.
I like this question so much I'm going to steal it.
It is! ;)
No one, he is all that is!
God is perfectly righteous, and He does not sin against himself. He never violates His word.
Nobody is too small such that a God is not interested in everything they do. God has something to say to everybody, even lil ole you! People make the mistake of thinking that God limits the way He communicates with us to words. Ex "That sunset is so beautiful! It speaks to me"
His Word is the Bible, but IMHO also what He "speaks" to your heart or spirit. Jesus, Himself, is also called the Word, so it all fits together. The fellowship of the Holy Spirit is the best way to hear God. It's a one on one thing.
I will forgive god when i am ready to.