Why do bad things happen to good people?


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Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

How can a loving and just God allow bad things to happen to good people?


A Few Points to Start With:

  1. Questions are not bad. They are healthy and they help us to grow our faith. Questions become bad when (1) we try to answer them with our own wisdom instead of from God’s Word and/or (2) we stop seeking answers.


  1. When we ask this question it implies that because we’re good we deserve God’s special protection and care.
    1. God’s people are not necessarily good people – they are saved people.
      1. Romans 3:21-26
      2. Luke 23:40-43 – criminal on the cross
      3. Modern examples – Jeffrey Dahmer, people we have known
    2. There are no examples, comments or commands where God has promised a special protection for Christians.


  1. These are dangerous questions. They are not dangerous because the answers are difficult to understand or accept, but because Satan uses them to create doubt and chip away at our faith. He uses them as stumbling blocks in our growth towards God.


  1. The awful catastrophes in the news papers and on the news channels get the most attention. But these account for only a small portion of death and suffering in the world. Most is at a localized level with little public attention and on an individual basis.


The Answers I Have Found – So Far:

  1. Romans 5:12ff – Much of the suffering in the world is a direct result of the misuse of the freedom of choice of past generations.
    1. Adam began a pattern of willful disobedience to God. And by doing so created death for all men.
      1. This death entails:
        1. Spiritual separation from God
        2. Physical death and suffering
        3. Death as a power over us through our sin. In other words, when we sin, death reigns over us until we become a Christian and then Christ reigns over us.


  1. Galatians 6:7-10 – We reap what we sow. And sometimes we put others in a position to reap some of our sowing.


  1. Luke 13:2-5 – God created the world with natural laws. These laws can’t be changed and will always act the same way.


  1. John 9:1-3 – Sometimes God uses one part of His creation to demonstrate His characteristics to another part of His creation.


  1. James 1:2-5 – God has a plan for us. And that plan will often include some trials. Our trials are there for our benefit – to help us grow and bring us closer to being complete or finished in Him.


  1. Hebrews 12:7-11 – God will discipline His children for disobedience. Often times people bring pain and suffering on themselves for their disobedience to God.



James 1:5-6