"Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?"
Answer: This is one of the most difficult questions in all of theology. God is eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. Why should
human beings (not eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, or omnipotent) expect to be able to fully understand God’s ways? The book of Job deals
with this issue. God had allowed Satan to do everything he wanted to Job except kill him. What was Job’s reaction? “Though he slay me, yet will I
hope in him” (Job 13:15). “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” (Job 1:21). Job did not understand
why God had allowed the things He did, but he knew God was good and therefore continued to trust in Him. Ultimately, that should be our reaction as
Why do bad things happen to good people? The biblical answer is there are no “good” people. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that all of us are
tainted by and infected with sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 6:23; 1 John 1:8). Romans 3:10-18 could not be clearer about the non-existence of
“good” people: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have
together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of
vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the
way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Every human being on this planet deserves to be thrown into hell at this
very moment. Every second we spend alive is only by the grace and mercy of God. Even the most terrible misery we could experience on this planet is
merciful compared to what we deserve, eternal hell in the lake of fire.
A better question would be “Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?” Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates his own love for
us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Despite the evil, wicked, sinful nature of the people of this world, God still loves
us. He loved us enough to die to take the penalty for our sins (Romans 6:23). If we receive Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:16; Romans 10:9), we will
be forgiven and promised an eternal home in heaven (Romans 8:1). What we deserve is hell. What we are given is eternal life in heaven if we come to
Christ in faith.
Yes, sometimes bad things happen to people who seem undeserving of them. But God allows things to happen for His reasons, whether or not we understand
them. Above all, however, we must remember that God is good, just, loving, and merciful. Often things happen to us that we simply cannot understand.
However, instead of doubting God's goodness, our reaction should be to trust Him. ”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own
understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Why did God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden?"
Answer: God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden to give Adam and Eve a choice to obey Him or disobey Him. Adam and Eve
were free to do anything they wanted, except eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:16-17, “And the LORD God commanded the man,
‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you
will surely die.’” If God had not given Adam and Eve the choice, they would have essentially been robots, simply doing what they were programmed
to do. God created Adam and Eve to be “free” beings, able to make decisions, able to choose between good and evil. In order for Adam and Eve to
truly be free, they had to have a choice.
There was nothing essentially evil about the tree or the fruit of the tree. It is unlikely that eating the fruit truly gave Adam and Eve any further
knowledge. It was the act of disobedience that opened Adam and Eve’s eyes to evil. Their sin of disobeying God brought sin and evil into the world
and into their lives. Eating the fruit, as an act of disobedience against God, was what gave Adam and Eve knowledge of evil (Genesis 3:6-7).
God did not want Adam and Eve to sin. God knew ahead of time what the results of sin would be. God knew that Adam and Eve would sin and would thereby
bring evil, suffering, and death into the world. Why, then, did God allow Satan to tempt Adam and Eve? God allowed Satan to tempt Adam and Eve to
force them to make the choice. Adam and Eve chose, of their own free will, to disobey God and eat the forbidden fruit. The results—evil, sin,
suffering, sickness, and death—have plagued the world ever since. Adam and Eve's decision results in every person being born with a sin nature, a
tendency to sin. Adam and Eve's decision is what ultimately required Jesus Christ to die on the cross and shed His blood on our behalf. Through faith
in Christ, we can be free from sin's consequences, and ultimately free from sin itself. May we echo the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 7:24-25,
“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
WHY DOES GOD ALLOW SUFFERING
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1. Why do so many people have to experience terrible suffering before death?
Why do so many people have to experience terrible suffering before death? Why does God allow some believers so suffer so painfully before death?
2. Why does God allow sickness?
Why does God allow sickness? Does God always bring about good from bad things that happen to us?
3. Why does God allow natural disasters, i.e. earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis?
Why does God allow natural disasters, i.e. earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis? Earthquake, hurricane, tsunami, typhoon, mudslide, cyclone?
4. Why does God allow the innocent to suffer?
Why does God allow the innocent to suffer? I don't understand why God allows the innocent to be hurt.
5. Why won't God heal amputees?
Why won't God heal amputees? Is the fact the amputees are not healed evidence that prayer is worthless and/or that God does not exist?
6. Is God cruel?
Is God cruel? Does God have callous indifference to, or take pleasure in, causing pain and suffering?
7. Why does God allow us to go through trials and tribulations?
Why does God allow us to go through trials and tribulations? What is the purpose of God allowing trials and tribulations in our lives?
8. Did God create evil?
Did God create evil? How did evil come into existence if God did not create it?
9. Why did Satan think he could defeat God?
Why did Satan think he could defeat God? Doesn't Satan know that his war against God is a lost cause?
10. Where was God on September 11?
Where was God on September 11th? Why did God allow September 11th to happen? Was 911 a judgment from God?