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When my friend was little, his father repeatedly raped his mother right before his eyes. This traumatized him, and he's had to go several other misfortunes, so he doesn't believe there is a God, because he doesn't think He would let such horrible things happen to people. What do I say?

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closed as off-topic by Affable Geek, Seek forgiveness, Andrew Leach, Caleb Mar 19 '14 at 7:49

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Ask him if choice would be possible if God did not allow sin. – The Preacher Mar 19 '14 at 2:26
possible duplicate of How to answer "Why do evil and suffering exist?" – curiousdannii Mar 19 '14 at 2:57
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  1. The fall of Adam and Eve plunged the human race into sin.

    Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

    Romans 8:7–9 Because the carnal mind is emnity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

    Man in and of himself cannot change his sinful nature.

    Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it.

  2. God allows man freedom of choice.

    Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell; as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

  3. However, man continues in his sinful nature. Could God end suffering? Absolutely, in doing so He would change.

    Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore, ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

    Just as Joshua made a choice, so do we; to serve the Lord or our self.

  4. Psalms 91:14–16 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore I will deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me and I will answer him, and honour him, with long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

    Lamentations 3:22 It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

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I think I've sorted out the numbered points and quotations. – Andrew Leach Mar 19 '14 at 7:12
Thanks this was really helpful! – TreJon2016 Mar 20 '14 at 1:44

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