|Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good
This question has been asked in one form
or another by people throughout human history
and by people around the globe. The world
observes people who are truly "good
people" and ask the same question in
different ways depending upon the circumstances.
In other words, why do good people have to
suffer? While we cannot possibly know all
of the details associated with any individual
circumstance, we can know and understand
some critical truths from Scripture that
provide stability, comfort and strength in
the midst of our own times of suffering and
that help us understand the reason why bad
things happen to good people.
- Why do "good people" become victims
of a disease or a natural disaster?
- Why do "good people" get caught
in the crossfire of acts of "random"
- Why is it that the "good" young
men and women of our country
have to die
in a war against religious
on the destruction of freedom
to the subjugation of the world
- Why do otherwise innocent children get abused
- mentally, emotionally and
an older person who is in a
position of authority
- Why does the young, Christian teenager with
a promising future get killed
in a car accident?
- Why did my marriage fail after I, a "good
Christian", tried so hard to make it
- Why did an "innocent" driver (a
"good person") get killed by a
Finally, the real question that
asked, but not stated here -
really fair?" Another related
- "Does God really love
"How can a God of love let
happen to His children?"
Why Do "Bad Things" Happen?
Bad Things Happen Because People are a Part
of Human History - the Evidentiary Matter
in Satan's Appeal to His Sentencing Pronounced in Eternity Past
The over-arching truth that is
the key to
understanding any suffering in
life is this
- Satan is trying to neutralize
human history which is to be
used as God's
evidence in Satan's appeal to
to the Lake of Fire.
In spite of the fall of man in the Garden
of Eden, man has retained the ability to
choose. Man has volition. Man is not a robot
who is controlled God or Satan1. However, man is subject to many influences
and man makes choices. When man makes choices
influenced by 1) the sin nature, 2) the world's
system of priorities and values, or 3) false
religion, man's decisions align with Satan's
strategy of neutralization or destruction
of the evidence. When man makes choices influenced
by divine truth in the soul, man's decisions
align with God's purpose in human history
- to vindicate His essence.
For example, some men have made and are today
making decisions to murder other people while
influenced by one or a combination of three
factors - the sin nature of man (i.e. the
flesh), the world's system of priorities
and values (i.e. the world) and/or false
religion (i.e. Satan). God must allow volition
to function in man even if it means that
others will be adversely impacted, e.g. on
some occasions "good people" are
murdered. If God prohibited fallen man from
exercising his volition even if it means
that "good people" suffer, then
God would be tainting the evidence (i.e.
the free will decisions of man in human history).
If the evidence in a trial is tainted, then
the defendant (in this case, Satan) has a
right to declare a mistrial.
When Satan enticed mankind to
sin in the
Garden of Eden, Satan gained
this earth and human history
in an attempt
to neutralize and destroy the
his trial, i.e. mankind and human
Of course, Satan is an incredibly
creature against whom we would
not be able
to stand; therefore, God established
boundaries in this conflict.
Satan cannot exercise his full
destroy humans directly en masse).
Man still possessed volition;
volition became subject to influences
were not present prior to the
Fall. As mankind
proliferated and populated the
exercise of man's volition has
continues to take paths that
that individual and other people.
sin introduced death - spiritual
death. The physical body of humans
subject to disease and decay.
Suffering is the result of living in a world
that is under the dominion of Satan, a world
that has been cursed as a result of sin,
and a world where the potential for bad decisions
made by people who have been blessed with
volition is an ever-present reality. The
fact that mankind has volition and the fact
that the volition of man is an integral component
of the evidence to be used against Satan
in his appeal trial means that "good
people" will suffer when certain men
use their volition to make bad choices. (For
more detailed information on this subject,
see the links on our website to the question
"What is the Real Meaning of Life?"
and Special Studies: The Appeal Trial of
"Is God Really Fair?"
He Really Love His Own When He
The simple answer to both related
is "yes!" Every one
of us have
at one time in our lives asked
either consciously and expressed
very words or over the years,
has been suppressed to our subconscious
surfaces in bitterness and unbelief.
as believers in the Lord Jesus
the total sufficiency of His
death, we still
find ourselves at times in our
the fairness and love of a God
us to suffer injustice.
The journey of faith that characterizes
believer who has found the answer
and questions such as these is
on the path paved with truth
from God's word.
It is only an understanding of
such as the essence of God and
Trial of Satan as the Biblical
the Philosophy of Human History"
will properly pave one's path
so that one
can discover and appropriate
without stumbling into a life
God is "fair" because
motivates Him to provide for
our every need
consistent with His justice and
God is "fair" because
saw our need from eternity past
and has the
omnipotent power to execute a
to address all of our needs.
our suffering because there is
that is common to man that He
has not endured.
His love is so great for us that
His Son from heaven to suffer
(satisfactory) death on our behalf
we might share His life eternal.
His own to suffer so that they
suffering be conformed to the
image of His
Son in the midst of a selfish
is no place we can ever go where
escape His omnipresent desire
to reach us.
These truths are backed by the
of His nature and they will never
due to the immutability of His
The thing that makes our God and our Lord
so truly awesome is the subjective way in
which He cares for each of us combined with
the very objective purpose He has for human
history. There is perfect balance between
the two seemingly contradictory aspects of
God's relationship to mankind; however, only
the believer in Jesus Christ who has appropriated
the correct understanding of God's essence
and the correct understanding of God's purpose
in human history can trod the path paved
with truth, faith, confidence, and assurance
and avoid the path paved with practical unbelief,
cynicism, worry, fear, doubt, anxiety and
a lack of assurance. (For more detailed information
on this subject, see the links on our website
to the question "What is the Real Meaning of Life?" and Special Studies: The Appeal Trial of Satan).
1 There are rare occasions where man has made
or will make choices that result
possession or even Satanic possession
the Antichrist and the False
Prophet of the
Tribulation). Once the individual
possessed, their actions may
by the demon; however, that situation
1) not the norm; 2) not the subject
question; and 3) the result of
a series of
decisions that precedes the demon