What causes children to suffer—or anyone for that matter?
God gave us a code of conduct via the Bible that if adhered to will bring life to oneself and to others. For instance, God gave the command, “Do not commit adultery.” Following this simple command can lead to healthy relationships, reduced stress, secure children, long life, etc. Disobeying this command can lead to broken families, diseases, stress and mental illness, and insecure children set up for failure.
Let’s look at another example. God said, “Do not bear false witness”. This command goes beyond just lying, and includes twisting true words to cause someone to believe something false on purpose. I know I’ve done this a time or two! However, lying leads to mistrust, suspicion, and paranoia. It can tear relationships apart, deteriorate a career, and be passed on to children who think it’s normal. Honesty, on the other hand, leads to trust and security in relationships, personal or professional. It shows integrity and leadership ability.
The overall trend here is that sin (or disobedience) leads to death, righteousness (or obedience) leads to life. This is the natural order. It is the global ability to choosethat wreaks so much havoc on this world, because sadly the majority of the world chooses to disobey God.
Someone once said that Earth is the worst hell a Christian will ever experience and the best heaven a sinner will ever experience. We live in a truly unique place, filled with wonderful things and terrible things. Each person is presented with a choice, never having seen heaven and never having experienced hell, but given glimpses of both. Imagine if you were born in heaven; of course you would choose God! But would you stay? Suffering takes us low, gives us a taste of life without God. Those who choose to believe in God and endure to the end, will NEVER deny God once in heaven. God never wants to endure the loss of his children again.
The Bible says, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!”
Go here to read Part One of this question: http://incandacent.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/why-do-children-suffer/