Why do Bad things happen to good people?
By Ron Kempen, Gospel Light Ministries
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith... (Hebrews 12:2). Just how has your faith been? I can’t help but to reflect upon the turn of events that I experienced this summer and observe how my faith is or isn’t, at least according to the Holy Bible, God’s Word. This might help answer the question that follows (from an e-mail I received) - If you are faithful to God, why does He allow you to suffer such things as Parkinson’s Disease? Does God cause evil on people? Surely God can cure you, why does He allow such a thing?
This past summer, my life took a short interruption as I lay hospitalized for nine days with lung problems. Here are some observations that I saw as well: "Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Everyone is saved, everyone is so busy doing their thing, and few people stress the important, life after death, ideas. The Bible tells us, Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2). After you die, then what?
It didn’t matter, whether the nurse or cleanup lady was asked or what religious opinions they may have - they were going to Heaven because they felt as if they were good enough. The fact that I see this type of life in the mill where I work as well seems to testify that this is the normality of our present lifestyle. Meanwhile, the television programs limited my choices to some sort of sports channel or EWTN, which I sadly couldn’t watch for long because of how polished their deceptions are, yet they are presented as factual! If only the people of the world would be like the good Bereans of Acts 17:11; These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so, and compare what people tell them to the Scripture! But back to that e-mail above which asked the common question, Why would God allow bad things to happen to good people? For the correct answers, we just have to see what God’s viewpoint is on this.
First of all, His Word tells us that people are not good. Maybe to each other, some will seem very good, but compared to God’s ways, But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteous nesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6). The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9). The Bible tells us plainly that, Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? None is good, save one, that is, God. (Luke 18:19).
You see, we are all sinners at heart (except for God) and because of sins, this world has a curse of death and destruction placed upon it. It is not about, why me, but more like, why does God allow me to live and serve Him despite my sins? And does it matter, as if we should judge God, as if we wanted to make Him accountable to us? Paul did touch upon this, Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory. (Romans 9:21-23).
Secondly, Scriptures tell us that, For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? (Hebrews 12:6,7). Undoubtedly, God has a purpose for me, and James tells us, Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:1-4). So as for why this happened, although unenjoyable as it was, I will rejoice in it, much as Job did: What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips. (Job 2:10). Why? Because Romans 8:28 tells us, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. It is about trusting in God, knowing that He is my God, and how perfect He is. So it seems to be a combination of being disciplined and/or growing, but both ways are meant to make me more like He wants me to be.
Back to the question about whether God allows me to suffer or if He causes evil in my life...Somehow I get the idea that the writer has the wrong idea of who God is. The Bible tells us that He would allow things like this to happen, as we can see in Job Chapters 1 and 2, but He has the perfect wisdom to know what He’s doing, and just as Job found out in Chapters 38 to 42, we don’t. While we don’t always understand what is going on, nor do we always enjoy it, we can trust in His love for His children as Philippians 1:6 tells us. Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Somewhere down the road, perhaps He will use me to minister to another. Now won’t that be super? Isn’t God neat?
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