Does All Suffering Come From Personal Sin?

To read the Bible in a year, read John 9:1-23.
Read the following and pick up on the assumption of the disciples of Jesus, “Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?'” (John 9:1, 2). The disciples assumed that the man’s blindness came from either his sin or the sin of his parents, because the disciples saw suffering as punishment for sin. Sometimes that happens, but they assumed every act of suffering comes from personal sin. True, when Adam sinned, he brought into the world sin and death (which is a form of suffering), but that does not mean the man in this narrative suffered punishment for Adam’s sin. The disciples also assumed that the man could have sinned before his birth! Or perhaps they believed that he was born blind, struck by God, in anticipation of sin the man would commit later in life. Yet, the disciples were right to see the world, whether its adversity or prosperity, as related to the things of God. Be sure to read the rest of the story that you might learn how Jesus viewed the man’s blindness.
Then open your eyes to see the suffering of others in the way that Jesus did. It will open to you doors of opportunity to minister to others.

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