Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? – Part 1

Chris

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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? – Part 1
By Jack Kelley

Biblical answers for this age old question.

This has been the topic of several popular books over the years. One author’s conclusion was that either God cares for us but can’t help or else He can help us but doesn’t care. Isn’t that encouraging?

But this is the first and most frequently asked question when people are experiencing serious trouble, whether they’re believers or not. The answers seem to have eluded mankind since the incident between Cain and Able. I say answers because there appear to be at least three. The first and by far the most common is found by looking in a mirror. The second has to do with the consequences of sin in the world. And the third concerns our own sin nature. Let’s take them in order.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall​

First, when I say look in the mirror, I mean that most of us do more in a day to diminish our physical and mental well-being than to enhance it. Just look at our eating and exercise habits, the stress we create and endure in the work place, the way we enslave ourselves to materialism, the enormous load of debt and responsibility we carry, and the way we suffer and cause suffering in our relationships.

A basic rule of architecture is that the weakness of any structure will present itself under stress. The lifestyle we choose can be a source of enormous stress, irrespective of how good we are, or of the good things we do. And for some the very effort required to do and be good is itself a source of stress. Psychologists know that stress reduces our attention span, distracts us, angers us and makes us more prone to accidents and illness. Any weakness in our physical and/or mental structure will eventually present itself under stress.

Ready for Seconds?​

And that brings me to number two. Where did these weaknesses in our physical and mental structure come from? The Book of Genesis tells us that Adam and Eve were created by a direct act of God and in His image. He placed them in the Garden of Eden and gave them only one rule. When they broke that rule, sin entered into the world, and Satan became the spiritual power behind events on earth (1 John 5:19).

It is Satan who brought all the pain and suffering into our world. And it’s the ongoing presence of sin that makes this possible. The bible calls Satan the god of this age (2 Cor 4:4) and the prince of this world (John 12:31, 14:30. 16:11), and asserts that the whole world is under his control. We don’t inhabit the world as God created it, but the one contaminated by Satan’s rebellion and Adam’s sin. Because we live here, and are descendants of Adam and Eve we suffer the consequences of their sin, one of which is our own propensity for sin. (According to Genesis 5:3 we are made in Adam’s image.)

Truth or Consequences?​

These sin consequences are so much a part of our reality that we hardly question them. But consider this. Do you really believe a perfect God deliberately created an imperfect image of Himself; an image with the genetic disposition for disease and other physical and mental malfunctions? That a Creator who is defined as the personification of love designed us to hate those who are different? Or caused those around us to withhold the love we so desperately need so we would conclude that we’re unlovable and end our own lives? Would an eternal God create temporal children who get old and sick, fall apart, die and go to hell while He lives on? Cause parents to beat, abuse and abandon and even murder their own children; offspring of the very process of procreation He had delegated to them in the first place? Have you ever had to watch your child die? God has watched 6 BILLION of His die.

He’s God and You’re Not​

You say, “But He’s God. He can do anything He wants. He can stop this.” No He can’t, and that’s what makes Him God. He’s not just some more powerful version of us. He can’t be arbitrary or capricious like we are. He can’t relieve us of the consequences of sin in the world. He can love you enough to purchase a pardon for your sins (it took His life) but He can’t make you love Him enough to accept it. He has to be just, He has to be fair, and He has to play by the rules. These rules require Him to allow events that are not consistent with either His pleasure or His desire. When His rules are broken (we call that sin) He has to permit consequences.

Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth​

Satan introduced sickness, pain, suffering and death into the creation as a consequence of that first sin. And unlike God, Satan doesn’t have to be fair so these things affect even the innocent. Because it’s no longer “politically correct” to even acknowledge Satan’s existence, the only one left to blame is God. So with a considerable assist from liberal theology, God gets all the blame, Satan gets off Scot Free, and lost people everywhere cry “Why me?” without ever getting an answer. More next time.

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I looked up the next two articles written by Jack to add images to and it just so happened to be these two in the series "Why do bad things happen to good people?"

I know some will probably wonder if I have a death wish for posting two more articles that build on the "Why aren't prayers for healings aren't answered?" articles that we have discussed over the past day or so. :lol

I can assure you that I don't! :lol But I hesitated to post these two new ones, but ultimately decided to do so because Jack said something in these articles that maybe he should have said in the "healings" articles that we have been discussing. I thought it was important to bring that "something" to light as it confirmed what I thought he was trying to say in the other articles but didn't say. This quoted part is actually in the middle of the Part 2 article so you didn't read it above. Anyway, what he said was:

Don’t jump to the conclusion here that if you’re ill or in trouble, it’s necessarily because of some great and secret sin of yours, (or think that because you haven’t sinned you shouldn’t have any trouble). Remember our earlier example.

I had said that I thought Jack was just talking in general terms and I think this quote shows that he was and is talking in general terms in these two "bad things" articles as well.

Going back to what some people want to know is why it seems some people are healed and some are not. It was mentioned that while we all pray that we are healed from whatever illness we have, sometimes the answer is NO. Some people may be healed here on earth for whatever reason. And others receive the "perfect healing" and are taken to Heaven. From the way man looks at things we want the healing here on earth. But the I think the Bible and the apostle have indicated that he would prefer to go where Jesus was, but he said that he knew he needed to stay for our sake or the sake of the people of his time. This should be how we look at death, but being that we are still in the world doing that doesn't come naturally. We just want to "survive" and continue on the earth. But when we become "born again" and have the Holy Spirit indwell us he teaches us to see things in a new way. To see things the right way and in the way that God sees things. To God, if we belong to Him, death is not the end of everything, it is just the beginning of eternal bliss. We all have been talking about how God's ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. I think this is a perfect example of that.

I've heard of a pastor, I don't recall what his name was, but he said something about besides helping his congregation learn the Bible, learn about God, and everything that one of the other most important things he taught his flock was "how to die" when and if the time came. What I think he meant by that was while we all here at Rapture Forums look eagerly toward the soon rapture of the church and the blessed hope like we are supposed to, the fact remains that some of us will not get to participate in the rapture. That is a sad fact. I know our beloved Dan (Insurance Guy) is in Heaven now and he probably wouldn't want to leave Heaven where he is now to come back and participate in the rapture. Why would he want to come back to this sin infested world that he graduated from to wait for the rapture to get where he already is?? I don't know, maybe we have some folks here who would do that, but I don't think I would. :lol

Anyway, besides being a place to learn about the Bible, waiting for the rapture, and all these other things I think it is our responsibility to try to help people learn how to be prepared to leave this world in the traditional way in case we get called home before the rapture.

Going back to these two articles on "why bad things happen to good people" seems to confirm what I was trying to say in that God can't just heal everyone. His character requires that we pay the consequences for our sin. He can't "wink, nod, pat us on the back, and just say don't do it again" type of reaction. If he did He would be acting like we do about sin. And then he wouldn't be holy, righteous, etc. If He can't heal everyone, then that means there are going to be people who don't get healed. Maybe that helps explain why some people get healed and others don't even when they pray for healing. We should still pray for healings, but we shouldn;t blame God if it doesn't happen. II know that easier said than done sometimes. :sad

Have you ever heard a story where someone got seriously ill, they prayed and promised to God they would do whatever He wanted, even become a pastor, etc. if God would just heal them? I've heard stories about that and they end up where the person gets "healed" and prayers are "answered" and the person follows through with what they said they would do and ends up bringing many people to Christ as a result. Does it seem possible that being that God knows all of our days, the one that we are born and the one we where we die, that it is possible that maybe due to this foreknowledge that he sees that some will "further the kingdom" and that maybe He allows some of them to be healed for His purpose? For His glory? :scratch

I have some other thoughts that I'm thinking about, but am having trouble putting them in words, so I'll just stop with this for now. Not to mention that it is really late here and I should be in bed. :lol

I hope I don't get anyone angry with the articles and my post. I'm just trying to build one what we were talking about before. I'm just trying to understand just like everyone else. We may not have all the answers, but maye we can get a little closer to understanding these issues. :idunno
 

yeshua'sbride

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I looked up the next two articles written by Jack to add images to and it just so happened to be these two in the series "Why do bad things happen to good people?"

I know some will probably wonder if I have a death wish for posting two more articles that build on the "Why aren't prayers for healings aren't answered?" articles that we have discussed over the past day or so. :lol

I can assure you that I don't! :lol But I hesitated to post these two new ones, but ultimately decided to do so because Jack said something in these articles that maybe he should have said in the "healings" articles that we have been discussing. I thought it was important to bring that "something" to light as it confirmed what I thought he was trying to say in the other articles but didn't say. This quoted part is actually in the middle of the Part 2 article so you didn't read it above. Anyway, what he said was:

Don’t jump to the conclusion here that if you’re ill or in trouble, it’s necessarily because of some great and secret sin of yours, (or think that because you haven’t sinned you shouldn’t have any trouble). Remember our earlier example.

I had said that I thought Jack was just talking in general terms and I think this quote shows that he was and is talking in general terms in these two "bad things" articles as well.

Going back to what some people want to know is why it seems some people are healed and some are not. It was mentioned that while we all pray that we are healed from whatever illness we have, sometimes the answer is NO. Some people may be healed here on earth for whatever reason. And others receive the "perfect healing" and are taken to Heaven. From the way man looks at things we want the healing here on earth. But the I think the Bible and the apostle have indicated that he would prefer to go where Jesus was, but he said that he knew he needed to stay for our sake or the sake of the people of his time. This should be how we look at death, but being that we are still in the world doing that doesn't come naturally. We just want to "survive" and continue on the earth. But when we become "born again" and have the Holy Spirit indwell us he teaches us to see things in a new way. To see things the right way and in the way that God sees things. To God, if we belong to Him, death is not the end of everything, it is just the beginning of eternal bliss. We all have been talking about how God's ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. I think this is a perfect example of that.

I've heard of a pastor, I don't recall what his name was, but he said something about besides helping his congregation learn the Bible, learn about God, and everything that one of the other most important things he taught his flock was "how to die" when and if the time came. What I think he meant by that was while we all here at Rapture Forums look eagerly toward the soon rapture of the church and the blessed hope like we are supposed to, the fact remains that some of us will not get to participate in the rapture. That is a sad fact. I know our beloved Dan (Insurance Guy) is in Heaven now and he probably wouldn't want to leave Heaven where he is now to come back and participate in the rapture. Why would he want to come back to this sin infested world that he graduated from to wait for the rapture to get where he already is?? I don't know, maybe we have some folks here who would do that, but I don't think I would. :lol

Anyway, besides being a place to learn about the Bible, waiting for the rapture, and all these other things I think it is our responsibility to try to help people learn how to be prepared to leave this world in the traditional way in case we get called home before the rapture.

Going back to these two articles on "why bad things happen to good people" seems to confirm what I was trying to say in that God can't just heal everyone. His character requires that we pay the consequences for our sin. He can't "wink, nod, pat us on the back, and just say don't do it again" type of reaction. If he did He would be acting like we do about sin. And then he wouldn't be holy, righteous, etc. If He can't heal everyone, then that means there are going to be people who don't get healed. Maybe that helps explain why some people get healed and others don't even when they pray for healing. We should still pray for healings, but we shouldn;t blame God if it doesn't happen. II know that easier said than done sometimes. :sad

Have you ever heard a story where someone got seriously ill, they prayed and promised to God they would do whatever He wanted, even become a pastor, etc. if God would just heal them? I've heard stories about that and they end up where the person gets "healed" and prayers are "answered" and the person follows through with what they said they would do and ends up bringing many people to Christ as a result. Does it seem possible that being that God knows all of our days, the one that we are born and the one we where we die, that it is possible that maybe due to this foreknowledge that he sees that some will "further the kingdom" and that maybe He allows some of them to be healed for His purpose? For His glory? :scratch

I have some other thoughts that I'm thinking about, but am having trouble putting them in words, so I'll just stop with this for now. Not to mention that it is really late here and I should be in bed. :lol

I hope I don't get anyone angry with the articles and my post. I'm just trying to build one what we were talking about before. I'm just trying to understand just like everyone else. We may not have all the answers, but maye we can get a little closer to understanding these issues. :idunno
Great post, Chris. I’d rather read your thoughts on the issue of healing than Jack’s. It somehow comes across as more firsthand knowledge to me. :idunno
 
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