Someone asks, “But why all this suffering—why should it be permitted at all? Is it not bad for the world, and so bad that God, if He be God, should prevent it?” Well, that is a difficult question. But it is, I admit, a fair one. It is, of course, a very old one. Many stricken hearts have asked it in all ages. Many fine minds in every age from the time of Job have tried to answer it. And the real difficulty about answering it satisfactorily is that there is no one answer. It is a subject on which we cannot generalize.
Nevertheless, two principal explanations of sorrow and suffering do stand forth in the history of mankind—two answers to that insistent inquiry, “Why should this or that agony be permitted in the scheme of a world created and governed by a wise and benevolent God?”
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