Q. If God loved human beings, why would he have given suffering and death to them?

A. The truth is not that he gave people suffering and death, but that people turn happiness into suffering, and eternal life into death. God gave people free will; the freedom to make their own decisions as they please. Suffering and death result from the decisions made by people.

If you blame God for having granted you the right of decision, it means that you wish you were like a robot that only works in a predetermined manner, which, I am sure, is also not in the least what you want. The role of religion can be said to be to teach people how to make wise decisions by seeing things just as they are.

©Boo Ahm

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