Bad experiences are unavoidable, no matter how careful you are. Even if you're very cautious, you may still get sick or experience an accident. People and beloved pets may die, and jobs may be lost. Unfortunately, suffering is part of the world. Many people have tried to understand the nature of suffering, but Christianity has a unique view of it. Here are four aspects of the Christian view of suffering in the world that may help you make sense of your experiences:
1. Faith In God
The Christian view of the world is predicated on faith in God. Christians believe that God created the world and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save it. God is the creator of all, which means that He is owed all the faith and loyalty that humans can provide. Christians are able to approach suffering from a place of faith, knowing that God is always good. An unshakable belief that God is sovereign will help Christians retain their faith, even when they encounter suffering and challenges.
2. Belief In God's Plan
As part of their faith in God, Christians believe that God is in control of everything and that He has a plan. Christians believe that God's plans are always good. The Bible says that God's plans are meant to help His children and not to harm them. With this belief firmly in place, Christians can see suffering as part of God's plan, even if it isn't always pleasant.
3. A Heaven-Focused Outlook
The things that happen on Earth can sometimes seem vitally important. People strive after many things, from worldly possessions to relationships. However, the Bible explains that the things of this world aren't the ultimate goal. Every Christian has heaven to look forward to as their final destination. When Christians learn to see the world the way that God does, with eternity in mind, they often find that their current problems are not as big or important as they may initially seem.
4. The Comfort of Christ
Christians may have an easier time dealing with suffering than other people do because they have the comfort of Christ to look forward to. Jesus Christ tells His followers that He will never abandon them, so even when Christians go through tough situations, they know they can always call on Jesus for help. Knowing that you are beloved by God may give you the strength you need to face whatever life brings your way.