Bible Answer

Why do Christians suffer more?

Why do Christians suffer more?

We know from Jesus’ and Paul’s writings that believers will suffer trials and persecutions just as Jesus did.  

We also know God is always working for our good and for His glory.  Accordingly, we may rest firmly on Romans 8:28 that all things are working for our good, especially in the hard times.  Both in Romans and James, believers are encouraged to persevere (Romans 5:1-5; James 1:2-4).

We also know from Scripture that God shows goodness toward both His people and those who do not know him:

“The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made” (Psalm 145:9). Jesus said God causes “his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45) and God “is kind to the ungrateful and wicked” (Luke 6:35).  

The articles below may aslo help clarify why believers suffer and the role of suffering (which for the believer produces sanctification):

Why does God let bad things happen to His children?
Is God responsible for allowing suffering?

There is nothing in Scripture that indicates believers will suffer more than unbelievers.  However, the suffering of believers obedient to God's Word produces Christ-likeness.