If God Is All-Powerful Why Does S/he Allow Suffering, Like Ebola? by John Cali and Spirit

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. ~ Helen Keller, 1880-1968

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A couple days ago I read an interesting article about the Ebola crisis in Africa. The author was questioning how such suffering could exist if God is all-powerful.

Good question.


The “bottom line” here is God is NOT all-powerful. Does that shock you? It’s true.

God does not will humans to suffer, either deliberately or by neglect. Nor does he create your suffering. You do that all by yourselves. God does not completely control your world or your lives. If he did you would not have free will. You would be a robot controlled by God.

You have many striking examples of humans who endured the most difficult, painful experiences imaginable. Yet, through the sheer force of their free will, they rose above and moved beyond those challenges.

Helen Keller is certainly one of those people. Because of illness she lost her sight and hearing at the age of 19 months. She transformed her suffering into a magical life, growing up to be a prolific writer and eloquent speaker. She touched many lives the world over.

Another remarkable human, who rose above the unimaginable horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, is Viktor Frankl. Listen to his wise words as he describes how he took care of himself and ultimately survived:

“The salvation of man is through love and in love. I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved. In a position of utter desolation, when man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist in enduring his sufferings in the right way — an honorable way — in such a position man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfillment. For the first time in my life I was able to understand the meaning of the words, ‘The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory….’”

Look for the joy in all your experiences, even your tough ones–especially the tough ones. It is always there, waiting for you to discover it.

There is always light in your darkest moments. You just have to be willing to see it.

The only true purpose of suffering is to teach you that suffering is unnecessary. It has no other purpose.

As our wise brother Seth has said, “Suffering is not good for the soul, unless it teaches you how to stop suffering. That is its purpose.” (Seth is the entity channelled by the late Jane Roberts.)

Copyright © 2014 by John Cali


Here is a brief video overview of Helen Keller’s amazing life, a life she pursued passionately. Instead of allowing her blindness and deafness to be sources of suffering, she dedicated her life to those who were suffering, teaching them they had no limits.


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8 Responses

  1. jane ritson

    Suffering can often be a state of mind and an opportunity to look for a different perspective.

    Also there is a perfection to everything we create, the reason for which we may not always be aware.

    • John Cali

      Thank you, Jane. I agree — suffering is a state of mind, a state we can change in the blink of an eye.

  2. Margaret Unger

    Once I thoroughly got it: that each person is an authentic aspect of Source, it then was clear to me that it is the Aspect creating the experiences that it, Source, wants to explore. Each of us, aka – authentic Source, is creating a marvelous, private reality, hand tailored for our individuated needs/ desires. This life is at once an uniquely private, yet because at source we are all Source, unified creation. Realizing all this allowed me to stop being co dependent and worrying about the other person, and what they might be going through. They will guide to them what they need/ want in their experience, their personal creation. If it is relief from suffering other aspects will be created in their life creation to assist. I notice that when I’m meant to help someone I’m in that position doing it; not unlike Ms. Sullivan; or Doctors Without Borders. There is no God out there creating our lives. There is only “God” Source in here, doing so, each precise, joyful, moment; no matter appearances from the “outside”. If we are meant to help we will do so, because we call out to each other at unified levels, when we need each other in our creations. We actually are Source. We’re doing this. Its exciting, like Helen’s life, to realize this. All this energy is then released for use in creation because it is such a joy. The individualized Aspect needs to learn – only learn from experience – that they alone are “making it so” – which means they then can use that same energy to transform everything in their life. That’s the energy that propelled Helen. She got it and ran with it.

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Margaret — well said! We are, after all, Source/God, as you pointed out.

  3. Pat

    Inspirational? Of course. Beautiful? Of course. Anything less than what is expected of you? Of course not. I thank you; the universe thanks you. (Well, there I go again: speaking for the universe, but I think that the universe does appreciate you, who you are and what you do.) Thanks again, dear John Cali.

  4. Martha

    Oh, John, THANK you.

    I soooo needed to hear this tonight.

    God Bless You

    God Bless those who have suffered, those who still suffer and God Bless those who have and will overcome suffering.

    God Bless Us ALL

    With Love,


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