If God loves everyone, why are there still starving people around the world?

Here's the answer:

Sin brought a lot of bad things into the world, including starvation.

Many sad things—like starvation—happen to people in our world. People may starve for different reasons: a parent lost their job or cannot find a job, a country is very poor and there is not enough food for everyone, or the weather is too hot or too cold and food will not grow. We have these problems because of sin. Ever since Adam and Eve first sinned in the garden of Eden, sin has been messing up our earth and the lives of the people who live here. For example, selfish people might make sinful choices that can cause others to go hungry.

Even though many people are starving, the Bible tells us that God loves all people very much. God does have the power to do something, but sometimes He chooses not to solve our problems right away—He always has a bigger plan that we can’t always understand. In fact, Jesus tells us in the Bible that we should expect to have trouble sometimes. It is very sad that some people starve, but God still loves these people.

Often, God uses sad things to show His love and to teach people about the gift of life through Jesus. It may be that God wants you to help the starving people around the world. You can give donations to church food pantries or send money to Christian organizations that help the hungry. Or you can take a meal to a homeless person in your town and also give them a Bible or tract (a small booklet that tells people how they can come to know Jesus). Then, you will not only share food with them, but you will also give them the truth about Jesus—the "bread of life"! Here are some Christian groups who help feed the hungry: Compassion International, World Vision, World Help, Feed the Hungry, and Samaritan’s Purse.

Bible Truth

"Anyone who crushes poor people makes fun of their Maker. But anyone who is kind to those in need honors God" (Proverbs 14:31).

"Who can separate us from Christ’s love? Can trouble or hard times or harm or hunger? Can nakedness or danger or war? ... No! In all these things we will do even more than win! We owe it all to Christ, who has loved us" (Romans 8:35, 37).

"'I [Jesus] am the bread of life. Long ago your people [the Jews] ate the manna in the desert, and they still died. But here is the bread [Jesus] that comes down from heaven. A person can eat it and not die [but live forever in heaven]. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Everyone who eats some of this bread will live forever. The bread is my body. I will give it for the life of the world'" (John 6:48–51).

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