“and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8).
If God is all loving, why does he allow suffering in the world? If he is all powerful, why doesn’t he do something about it? These are the commonly asked questions for which the critics of the Christian faith demand an answer. If, then, the followers of Jesus must bear the burden of explaining pain and suffering, consistency would require of unbelievers an explanation for the presence of joy in these same circumstances. It cannot be explained apart from the person of Jesus Christ, who came that our joy might be made full.