Every year about this time...as we get closer to the Memorial of our Lords death and Ressurection and what it means for us, there is always this nagging question deep inside me that I just cant shake. Some have hinted on it a few times on other forums but no one can seem to come up with an explanation that makes any logical sense. The question is "Why does mankind continue to suffer after christ has already paid the ransom?" Man has been suffering almost from the moment he was created. And needless to say, that suffering has gotten progressively worse through out each generation as God's word said that it would 2Tim3:13. But why, after the ransom has already been paid and delivered to God more than 2,000 years ago... a ransom price paid in full and not partial, has Jehovah continued to permit the on going suffering of man? Some say its to prove to the angels and all intellegent creation that rebelion against God is futile. Others say that each of us have to answer the challenge as to weather we will choose to serve God faithfully or not. And last but not least, its to prove the Devil a liar. Im not convincedn because the Bible already acknowledges the Devil is a liar; it does not have to be proven. Am I really expected to believe that an unimaginable super entity with unmatched- unimaginable-incomprehensible super power...feels he has something to prove? An intelligent, all powerful, all knowing intelligent being that all creation... great and small, seen and unseen depends on for their very life....that this same entity feels that he has something to prove??? I just dont see it. This what I understand. Adam and Eve screwed up...BIG. And through their actions, they sold us into captivity of sin and death, therefore a ransom is required to pay the price demanded to release us from such bondage. What I dont understand is why after the very same ransom was paid in full....that mankind is still held captive to sin and death? Below I pasted a simple definition of the word Ransom from a google search that I did and this is what came up. ranÂ·som [ran-suhm] Show IPA noun 1. the redemption of a prisoner, slave, or kidnapped person, of captured goods, etc., for a price. 2. the sum or price paid or demanded. 3. a means of deliverance or rescue from punishment for sin, especially the payment of a redemptive fine. verb (used with object) 4. to redeem from captivity, bondage, detention, etc., by paying a demanded price. 5. to release or restore on receipt of a ransom. 6. to deliver or redeem from punishment for sin. I find it interesting that in a situation in which a ransom price is demanded for a child or loved one, once such demands have been met, the release of the child/loved one is immediate....or at least with no delay. If christ satisfied the ransom price demanded, why are we still held captives? This all I have time to express. I have things I gotta get done today. I look forward to reading your thoughts and feelings about the matter. I will express more of my own when I return.