Bible Question:

I am struggling to find the answer for the following question. Why did God let His son suffer and die? There has to be another way to save humanity than these atrocities committed on Jesus. I happen to believe in a kind, loving God.

Bible Answer:

Several related links are provided below which answer the question, “Why did God let His son suffer and die?” You will discover that there was no other way for God to rescue us from our sins. We are responsible for Jesus’ death. We trust that the links are helpful. However, you have raised an issue in your last comment that we will answer here.

God Healed and Raised The Dead

Is a God who chose to die for us kind and loving? The answer to your concern can be found in several facts. First, it is important to realize that Jesus Christ is our God. When God, that is Jesus Christ, came to earth, He healed many people.

The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. (NASB) Matt. 4:24

And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them. So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. (NASB) Matt. 15:30-31

. . . for He had healed many, with the result that all those who had afflictions pressed around Him in order to touch Him. (NASB) Mark 3:10

At that very time He cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits; and He gave sight to many who were blind. (NASB) Luke 7:21

Was it loving and kind for Jesus to heal so many people? On one day He healed people into the late evening hours because so many people had come to Him. He healed every type of disease there was. He even raised some of the dead (Matt. 11:5; John 12:9). The scriptures indicate that He cured everyone in one entire region. Secular records of Jesus’ day affirm that He performed miracles. Pontius Pilate, Roman governor of Judea (AD 26–36), wrote about His miracles.

God Taught Us To Love

Jesus also taught us to love one another including our enemies.

But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you . . . (NASB) Matt. 5:44

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return . . . (NASB) Luke 6:35

And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'” (NASB) Matt. 22:37-39

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus encourages us 1) to be faithful to our spouses and not divorce one another, 2) to not hate or murder, 3) to be objective and supportive of one another, 4) to forgive, 5) to not seek revenge for personal insults and wrongs, 6) to pray to God, and 7) to trust God. What Jesus taught was kind and loving.

God’s Character

Scripture describes God’s character. That is who God is and what He is like. Here are just a few examples.

CharacterPassage
God is light.1 John 1:5
God is just.Heb. 6:10
God is wiser than humans.1 Cor. 1:25
God is faithful. 1 Cor. 1:9
God is true.John 3:33
God is love.1 John 1:8
God is spirit.John 4:24
God is holy.1 Pet. 1:16

Since God healed us, taught us about love and kindness, is wiser than we are, is faithful (and we are not), true, loving, and holy, then we must conclude that He physically died on a cross because He loves us (John 3:16). Since our God is holy and since we habitually sin, we should realize that we do not understand God nor will we understand everything that He does. It is not possible for the created thing to understand the Creator who is wiser, holier, more loving, and more kind. God reminds us of this in the following passage.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (NASB) Is. 55:8-9

Love and goodness without holiness and justice is evil and just sentimentality.

God’s compassion flows out of His goodness, and goodness without justice is not goodness . . . He could not be good if he were not just. – A. W. Tozer

Conclusion:

God, because He is holy and just, decreed that man must die because we sinned. God’s justice required that we die as the penalty for our sin(s). Because He loved us, He decided to pay the penalty for us. He decided to die in our place. So He came to earth in the form of a man called Jesus Christ in order to die for you and me. He accomplished His mission when He physically died and returned to life. Now, that it is an unbelievably loving and kind thing for God to do. If a mother were to dash out in front of an automobile to rescue her son, we would say that the mother loved her son. We might say that she was kind. Well, God (Jesus Christ) dashed out and died on a cross to rescue us from hell or the Lake of Fire. Now that is love and kindness. All that is left is for you and I to believe Him. We would encourage you to read the related links below. They will complete the discussion to your question.

Related Links:

Peace With God
Who Is God?
Jesus Our Savior
The Rescue
Why didn’t God just take our sins away? Why send Jesus?
What does it mean that “Jesus died for our sins”?
Where is the fair judgment of God?