Why would a “loving” God allow suffering to continue?
MASS ANIMAL DEATH LIST
Event Summary for 2014 – 97 Known Mass Death Events in 28 Countries
16th February 2014 – 10,000 livestock have died due to drought in Chulucanas, Peru. Link
16th February 2014 – Hundreds of sea birds wash up along South West coast of England. Link
15th February 2014 – Hundreds of cattle dead due to ‘mystery illness’ in Misiones Province, Argentina. Link and here
14th February 2014 – Thousands of birds found dead, due to avian flu in Trenggalek Regency,Indonesia. Link
13th February 2014 – MILLIONS of dead fish wash ashore on Lake Manyas, Balikesir, Turkey. Link
13th February 2014 – Thousands of fish have died ‘due to environmental factors’ in Lampung, Indonesia. Link
12th February 2014 – Thousands of fish found dead in a river in Rio Piracicaba, Brazil. Link
12th February 2014 – 160 TONS of dead fish found along Johor Straits in Singapore. Link
12th February 2014 – Thousands of birds killed due to avian flu in various provinces in Vietnam. Link
11th February 2014 – 9 Orca Whales found washed up dead near Tuatapere in New Zealand. Link
11th February 2014 – Mass die off of fish and shrimp due to ‘red tide’ in Hainan, China. Link
11th February 2014 – 5,000+ sea birds found dead ‘due to storms’ along west coast of France. Link
11th February 2014 – Thousands of dead fish found floating in a river in Riau, Indonesia. Link
10th February 2014 – MILLIONS of Bees found dead near hives in Murcia, Spain. Link
10th February 2014 – 100 sea birds wash up dead or dying on Chesil Beach in Dorset, England.Link
8th February 2014 – Thousands of dead fish found in a river in Bera, Malaysia. Link
8th February 2014 – Hundreds of livestock killed by snowstorms in Xinjiang, China. Link
6th February 2014 – 225,000 Birds, 8,000 sheep, 150 goats dead from flooding in Central Java, Indonesia. Link
6th February 2014 – 60,000 fish killed due to outbreak of virus at Robertson Creek, BC, Canada. Link
6th February 2014 – 10,000+ fish found dead in Vasse Estuary, Australia. Link
5th February 2014 – 70 TONS of fish have died in Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, Philippines. Link
5th February 2014 – 12 dead Albatross found on Ripiro Beach, ‘never seen anything like it’ in New Zealand. Link
5th February 2014 – 2.4 MILLION+ Chickens and Ducks killed due to outbreak of Avian flu in South Korea. Link
5th February 2014 – Hundreds of fish found dead in Bashan Park River in Singapore. Link
4th February 2014 – 1,122+ Turtles wash ashore dead during January on beaches in Andhra Pradesh, India. Link
4th February 2014 – 400+ dolphins wash up dead during January on beaches in Northern Peru. Link
3rd February 2014 – Millions of Sea stars still dying off on west coast of America. Link
3rd February 2014 – Thousands of bees die off ‘due to pesticides’ in Pontalinda, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Link
2nd February 2014 – Thousands of fish found dead in a river in Banyumas, Indonesia. Link
30th January 2014 – Hundreds of cattle dying due to ‘mystery disease’ in New South Wales, Australia. Link
29th January 2014 – Hundreds of dead fish appear in Kings River, California, America. Link
29th January 2014 – Hundreds of Chickens die suddenly in Madiun County, Indonesia. Link
29th January 2014 – 10 Tons of fish die suddenly in lake Maninjau, West Sumatra,Indonesia. Link
29th January 2014 – Masses of fish and squid wash ashore dead on beach in Kauai, Hawaii, America. Link
28th January 2014 – 20,000 Birds killed due to outbreak of avian flu in Hong Kong, China. Link
28th January 2014 – Tens of thousands of dead fish washing up along a river in Tennessee, America. Link
27th January 2014 – Tons of fish found dead in two dams in Bandung Regency, Indonesia. Link
24th January 2014 – 25 dead whales found near Kice Island in Florida, America. Link
24th January 2014 – Thousands of dead fish found near River Thames in Oxfordshire, England. Link
23rd January 2014 – 10,000 Chickens die suddenly due to avian flu in Kudat, Malaysia. Link
23rd January 2014 – Hundreds of dead birds found, ‘never seen anything like it’ in Burleson, Texas, America. Link
23rd January 2014 – Millions (120 TONS) of fish have died in a lake in Batangas, Philippines.Link
22nd January 2014 – 1,000 Birds dead from outbreak of disease in Kaiapoi, New Zealand. Link
22nd January 2014 – Hundreds of dead fish washing up at Thompson’s Bayou in Florida,America. Link
21st January 2014 – Millions of Oysters have died suddenly during past 2 months from ‘mystery disease’ in Port Stephens, Australia. Link
21st January 2014 – 8 Whales dead, more stranded off the coast of Florida, America. Link
20th January 2014 – 19,000 Birds killed due to Avian flu in Shandong, China. Link
19th January 2014 – ‘Scores’ of Buffaloes dead from ‘mystery disease’ during past few weeks in Rewari, India. Link
18th January 2014 – Tens of thousands of dead fish wash up along entire beach in Vargas, Venezuela. Link
18th January 2014 – Mass die off of fish occuring in a branch of the Nile in Desouk, Egypt. Link
18th January 2014 – 70+ Whales Stranded, (numbers changing) 20 dead on beaches in GoldenBay, New Zealand. Link
18th January 2014 – 1,000 Ducks found dead in a reservoir in North Jeolla Province, South Korea. Link
18th January 2014 – Tons of dead fish washing up on beaches in Lambayeque, Peru. Link
17th January 2014 – Thousands of dead fish appear on the shores of a river in Old Lyme, Connecticut, America. Link
17th January 2014 – 26 Dolphins, 15 Turtles, 11 Sea Lions found washed up dead along coast of Piura, Peru. Link
17th January 2014 – 20,000 fish have died off the coast of Mati, Philippines. Link
17th January 2014 – 5,300+ dead fish found in Clinton Lake, Illinois, America. Link
17th January 2014 – Large die off of fish in a river in Qinhuai, China. Link
16th January 2014 – Hundreds of ducks die suddenly due to bird flu in Wonogiri, Indonesia. Link
15th January 2014 – 7 Dolphins, 2 Sea Lions, 1 Whale found dead along coast of Sinaloa, Mexico. Link
15th January 2014 – Large die off of Shrimp ‘due to disease’ in Ernakulam, India. Link
15th January 2014 – 100,000 dead fish in Sparks Marina, ‘reason unknown’ in Nevada, America. Link
14th January 2014 – Mass die off of Wild Boars ‘due to disease’ in Lithuania. Link
14th January 2014 – Thousands of Cattle dead due to flooding in Tabasco, Mexico. Link
14th January 2014 – 13 whales stranded, 5 dead, 8 to be killed in Farewell Spit, New Zealand. Link
14th January 2014 – Thousands of fish have died ‘due to cold’ in Olentangy River, Ohio, America. Link
14th January 2014 – Tons of fish found dead, ‘worst fish kill ever’ in a river in Mindanao, Philippines. Link
13th January 2014 – Massive fish die off due to sea freezing so fast in Lovund,Norway. Link
13th January 2014 – 50,000 Birds killed due to avian flu in Hubei, China. Link
11th January 2014 – Thousands of various fish found dead in a river in Sao Paulo,Brazil. Link
10th January 2014 – A large number of parrots, kangaroos and emus found dead ‘due to heatwave’ in Australia. Link
10th January 2014 – 10,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Bac Ninh, Vietnam. Link
10th January 2014 – Thousands of fish dead due to pollution in a river in Durban, South Africa. Link
9th January 2014 – 150 Ducks dead due to outbreak of bird flu in Redwood City, California, America. Link
8th January 2014 – 100,000 bats fall dead from sky in Queensland, Australia. Link
8th January 2014 – 35 Turtles wash ashore dead along the coast of Chennai, India. Link
8th January 2014 – Hundreds of dead fish appear in a lake is a ‘mystery’ in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Link
8th January 2014 – Hundreds of dead fish found in a river in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Link
8th January 2014 – Mass fish kill ‘due to pollution’ in a pond in Foshan, China. Link
8th January 2014 – Hundreds of dead fish wash up on shores of a lake in Oran, Algeria. Link
7th January 2014 – 40 Bald Eagles now dead from ‘virus’ in Utah, America. Link
6th January 2014 – 4,700 Cattle dead from outbreak of Foot and Mouth in Kerala, India. Link
6th January 2014 – 2 rare Whales dead after beaching on Long Island is ‘unusual’ in America. Link
6th January 2014 – 39 Pilot Whales dead after stranding on beach in New Zealand. Link
6th January 2014 – Hundreds of ducks die suddenly in Malang, Indonesia. Link
6th January 2014 – Massive fish kill due to pollution in a river in Kurger Park, South Africa. Link
6th January 2014 – Hundreds of fish found dead in a lake in La Molina, Peru. Link
5th January 2014 – Hundreds of dead fish found in a pond, ‘like the apocalypse’ in Varbina,Bulgaria. Link
4th January 2014 – 500+ Goats dead from outbreak of plague in Xinjiang, China. Link
4th January 2014 – 47 Marine animals (seals, turtles, dolphins, birds) found dead on beach in Chiclayo, Peru. Link
3rd January 2014 – Tons of dead fish found in a river in San Martino in Rio, Italy. Link
3rd January 2014 – Second mass die-off of Sardines during past 2 weeks washes up on beaches in Valparaiso, Chile. Link
3rd January 2014 – Large die-off of fish found in a river in Hsinchu County, Taiwan. Link
2nd January 2014 – NOTE: 20,000 Birds have died since November due to disease around Great Salt Lake in America. Link
2nd January 2014 – 23,000 Chickens killed due to bird flu in Guizhou, China. Link
2nd January 2014 – Hundreds (maybe thousands) of fish have died in a lake in NSW, Australia.Link
1st January 2014 – Thousands of fish, including turtles and ducks dead from ‘fuel spill’ in Culiacan, Mexico. Link
1st January 2014 – Thousands of dead fish washing up on beaches in El Oro, Ecuador. Link
1st January 2014 – Massive fish die off in fish ponds in Thong Nhat, Vietnam. Link
See MASS ANIMAL DEATHS 2013 for the 2013 list.
See MASS ANIMAL DEATHS 2012 for the 2012 list.
See MASS ANIMAL DEATHS 2011 for the 2011 list.
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Below is a list of worldwide mass animal deaths for 2014, with pages also for mass die offs in 2013, 2012 and 2011. There are animals dying all over the world today in huge numbers, due to the polluted state of the sea and air. Millions of Fish and massive numbers of whales and dolphins are washing ashore dead. Birds are falling dead out of the sky, and millions of poultry are dying from avian flu. The animals of the land like cattle are also dying in large numbers from disease. Although animals and fish have been dying all throughout history, we have not seen the massive consistant numbers that we are seeing today. Please remember! This is just one of the MANY signs of the last days.
In many of these events people from all walks of life are saying that they have “never seen anything like this before“.
For reports, articles and much more information regarding the massive decline in our wildlife, please see OUR DYING PLANET
If the information on these pages gives you cause for concern with regards to the future, then please see what must I do to be saved?
Millions more Bees dead! … Beekeeper Jose Luiz Santos of Sao Paulo, Brazil had 30 hives and was expecting to produce a ton of honey. But he found all his Bees dead recently. Pesticides are suspected. (December 2013) Link
Hosea 4:3 …’Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.’
Why Does God Allow Suffering?
This is the BIG question on many peoples minds today, and it is one that keeps many in the world from accepting Christ Jesus as their saviour. They believe that if God was a loving God, then He wouldn’t allow all the sin and suffering to continue in this world. Many Christians do their best to give an answer to this difficult question, but most of the time, the answer given isn’t sufficient enough for the questioning heart. But on this page we hope to give a more complete answer to this “hot” question.
How Did Sin and Suffering Begin?
Although no-one can give a reason as to why sin exists. We can give an explanation as to HOW it began and WHERE it began. And one thing we can confirm from what the Bible says, is that sin did NOT come from God.
Before sin came into existence, there was peace and joy right throughout the universe. But there was one created being, who for some reason, became full of pride and was not satisfied with the already exalted position that God had given him in heaven. That created being, or angel, was Lucifer, who was perfect when he was created, which confirms that God did NOT “create” evil.
Ezekiel 28:13-15 …’Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.’
These verses are talking about Lucifer, the most exalted angel in the heavenly kingdom. And as you can see, when God created him, he was a perfect being. So the question is, if God didn’t created sin and evil, then how did Lucifer end up being evil? Because of his own FREE WILL CHOICE to go against God’s heavenly government. God didn’t create a bunch of robots to serve Him. No, He wanted to create intelligent beings who He could commune with and have a loving relationship with. But that wasn’t enough for one heavenly character!
“Our only definition of sin is that given in the word of God; it is “the transgression of the law;” it is the outworking of a principle at war with the great law of love which is the foundation of the divine government.” (E.White, The Great Controversy, Ch.29 – The Origin of Evil)
Now as we have already said, we cannot give a reason for the entrance of sin in a perfect universe, but we can tell you HOW sin began. And the answer is found in the books of Ezekiel and Isaiah:
Ezekiel 28:17 …’Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness.’
Isaiah 14:12-14 …’How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.’
So as we can see, Lucifer became proud. His heart was “lifted up” and he wanted to be the ONE in control. For some reason, the already exalted position that God had given him wasn’t enough, and he wanted more. Sounds like a lot of people in this world today doesn’t it? Pride! Pride was the original sin and it is the cause of so much sin in the world today.
Lucifer, who we will now call Satan, then went and caused discontent amongst the other angels and according to Revelation 12:4, he successfully caused a third of God’s angels to rebel with him. And as Revelation 12, verses 4 and 9 reveal, Satan and his angels were cast down to this earth. And most people know the rest of the unfortunate story. Satan tempts Adam and Eve to sin against God and the world becomes a place of sin and suffering.
But Why Does God Allow Sin and Suffering to Continue?
Ok, so this is the question that is still on the minds of many people. It’s one thing to know how sin and suffering came into being. But another thing to understand why it is permitted to continue.
Now have a real good think about this. If God was to destroy Satan the moment he sinned, what would go through the minds of all the other angels? Fear would enter into their hearts right? And then they would end up serving God out of fear rather than love, which would destroy the very reason that God created heavenly beings and humans in the first place. And not only that, the universe could also be in a permanent cycle of sin and destruction. Someone sins, God destroys them, someone else sins and God destroys them. Then there wouldn’t be an understanding of what sin is and why God is destroying those who sin. And the universe would never be a place of harmony and peace again.
Remember this also. Satan sucessfully caused a third of all God’s angels to rebel and join him. Which means Satan was able to cast doubts in the minds of the angels. So if God just destroyed Satan and the angels who followed him, then the angels who didn’t join with Satan could forever be left with doubts in their minds. And even if God just destroyed all of His creation and started again, there would be no guarantee that it wouldn’t happen again. So God HAD to have a plan to rid the universe of sin FOREVER.
First, God HAD to let Satan’s rebellion take it’s full course, so that the universe could see the wicked nature of Satan’s plans. Until fully developed, Satan’s rebellion would not appear the evil thing that it was. But through the death, suffering and destruction in this world, and by torturing and nailing the Son of God, Jesus Christ to the cross on Calvary, the whole of God’s creation beheld the true intent of Satan and his sin. The unfallen heavenly angels could now see the path Satan chose was wrong.
Second, God HAS to let sin and destruction (suffering) continue in this world in order for the RESULT of sin to be seen by all. And by seeing the result and utter suffering because of sin, it will stop sin and rebellion from rising up a second time.
“Satan’s rebellion was to be a lesson to the universe through all coming ages, a perpetual testimony to the nature and terrible results of sin. The working out of Satan’s rule, its effects upon both men and angels, would show what must be the fruit of setting aside the divine authority.” (E.White, The Great Controversy, Ch. 29)
The same spirit that prompted rebellion in heaven still continues it’s rebellion on earth. Wherever the great moral law of Jehovah is rejected, there sin and destruction and suffering ensues. And this is the great lesson that the whole universe HAD to learn. The RESULT of sin. And it is through this lesson of history, that once sin has been destroyed after the second coming of Christ Jesus, the entire universe will enjoy peace and harmony, and sin will not rise up again.
The true character of Satan has been exposed. And the true character of God has also been shown … ‘The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty.’ (Exodus 34:6-7). And it was this same merciful God who gave His only-begotten Son as a perfect sacrifice for sin, so that you and I could be forgiven.
“The mighty argument of the cross demonstrates to the whole universe that the course of sin which Lucifer had chosen was in no wise chargeable upon the government of God.” (E.White, The Great Controversy, Ch. 29)
Why does God allow suffering? For the whole universe to see the nature and RESULT of sin. So that it will never rise up again, as the Word of God confirms … Nahum 1:9 …’Affliction shall not rise up the second time.’ … Yes, we may suffer now, but all who turn from sin and give their lives to Christ Jesus have the blessed hope of the resurrection and eternal life to come in peace and happiness!
Please remember. God loves every one of His created beings more than you and I could understand. And all throughout history, He has witnessed EVERY SINGLE PERSON and animal that has ever suffered. And it pains Him to see just one person suffering. BUT He HAS to let this thing play out in order to rid the universe of sin forever, for the benefit of those who do His will. Our Heavenly Father is a God of love, there can be no doubt!