…Why do bad things happen?
I’ve thought about it, you’ve thought about it.
We’ve all thought about this at some point or maybe we haven’t.
Let’s not even bother getting deep in defining the difference between what’s bad (evil) and what’s good. <— That’s a book in itself lool
We’re talking earthquakes, tsunamis, diseases, mass shootings, genocide.
If God is so good and capable of preventing all of these things from happening…why do they still occur?
Let’s begin with people.
Why does God allow people to commit acts of evil?
The question can be somewhat answered by asking a similar question
“How come God doesn’t forcefully make us love Him?”
God didn’t create us to be robots, because He desired for us to intentionally desire Him.
Otherwise, why would the Bible consistently reminds us to “love the lord your God with all your heart..”
As a matter of fact, Matthew 22:36-40 explains that our love for God is the greatest commandment.
God will never force an unwilling individual to obey Him.
We see an example of this in Genesis 4:6-8, where God begins reasoning with Cain in attempts to prevent him from killing Abel (his brother). Unfortunately, Cain still chose his way and killed Abel.
This is what gets me though.
God created the heavens, the earth and Cain’s daddy..from DUST lool within a span of 7 days! He was obviously more than capable of preventing Cain from committing this act of evil.
But He chose not to, because again, He desires for us to willfully choose Him over our sins.
Ok, so what about things like natural disasters?
Well let’s go back to the beginning
17 And to Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field
Because Adam disobeyed God, the ground was literally cursed, causing nature itself to be corrupted in ‘nature’ (hehe get it).
But seriously though, nature itself eagerly waits to be set free from its bondage of corruption
19 For [even the whole] creation [all nature] waits eagerly for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration and futility, not willingly [because of some intentional fault on its part], but by the will of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will also be freed from its bondage to decay [and gain entrance] into the glorious freedom of the children of God
Furthermore, we see in Romans 5:12 that because of sin, death (likewise sickness leading to death) spread to all men.
In other words, the question of interest may be answered with 3 simple letters.
From natural disasters, to corrupted rulers, to diseases, sin has always been the catalyst of these issues.
Here’s the good news…
Being a Christian doesn’t disqualify you from suffering, but gives hope to all circumstances.
Because we have faith that everything..literally every..single..thing.. works out for our good.
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a] for those who are called according to his purpose
A great example of this is found in the story of Joseph, the youngest of Jacob’s s 12 sons (read Genesis 37 – 50 for the full story)
Out of jealousy, Joseph’s own brothers threw him into a pit and sold him as a captive to Egypt.
However, God used this act of evil to display His goodness to Joseph and future generations of Israel (Genesis 50:17-20)
Bad things will always happen.
But the only unwavering hope in the midst of darkness is Jesus.
See some examples below:
God will use everything, to work out for the good of those who love Him.
Whether you reap of this good in this life or the life to come, God is still faithful.
Believe in Jesus, and if you already do..continue, He’s forever with you.
Soli Deo Gloria