“My God is So BIG… so Strong and so Mighty, There’s nothing my GOD cannot do…” (A Children’s Song)
“Come, ye blessed of [M]y Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Says Christ the King in Matthew 25:34)
“…[A]t [T]hy [R]ight [H]and there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)
“For I reckon that the suffering of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” (Our King)
Many unbelievers have tough questions (they think) but rarely do they have any good answers. If you have been a Christ-ian for any length of time you have been asked, “Yeah, but, If God is or if God is good, why all the bad?” Some think they really got us with that one. The truth is the scorning unbeliever will not accept any answer you give them nor would they willingly accept any answer God Himself would give them. They are born scorners. Paul tells us not to bother with trick questions and silly discussions because they do not generate anything good.
Why does He allow all the bad? We can understand bad things happening to bad and evil persons. but why do bad things happen to good people? Why are babies and children allowed to suffer? Why does God allow His own people to be tortured and killed? Why? Why? Why? Why do good and godly women get cancer? Why does a pastor have a car accident and lose his entire family? Why? Why? Why?
There are different answers to these questions. Some of the answers will not be well received…some will think the answers are cold. Some may accept the answer but find no peace or rest in them. But based on many years studying Scripture, and many years reading the works of godly men and women, and many wonderful years walking with my Great and Good God, and after many years of simply observing people I think we can answer some questions.
Why do bad things happen to good people?
The Scriptures tell us in many places and in many ways that there are no good people. Let me explain. There are (4) Four standards we humans used for estimating others and ourselves. (1). Comparing persons with other persons. (2). Using ourselves as a standard. (3). Judging persons by an accepted moral or social standard. (4). By using God’s standard, which is His son.
The first way is called unwise and foolish by Paul. One cannot make up a standard out of thin air. There must be a bar of standard. The Hollywood awards are in this categorie. The second is an evil standard of judgement that betrays one’s self as full of pride and contentiousness. “Well I’m just say’in” or “I would never do that” or Let me tell you what I would have done.” These types of comments belong to this categorie. The third is social law and order. For society to operate civilly there must be certain moral, ethical, and societal standards and laws. These standard come from God’s law and the conscience He has embedded within most persons on this planet. These standards are legal laws, and social standards such as waiting for one’s turn in line and not throwing someone out of their chair at the table and eating their food. Then there is the standard God has set for righteousness. That Standard is His Own Son, Christ Jesus. If the human laws and standards are required to move abouit in society then Christ Jesus is the Standard all men must meet inorder to please God and live with God forever in Heaven. Therefore, while we might say, “S/He’s a good person” we are using one of the first (3) three methods of estimation. However, where it counts, from God’s point of view, there are no “good persons.” So, bad things do not happen to “good” persons for, “There is none righteous, no, not one.” “None doeth good, no not one.” “All have fallen short…” Even Christ Himself asked a man who thought Christ was just a man, “Why calleth ye [M]e good?”
Meeting God’s Standard is impossible, of course. To be on par with Christ is to be sinless in thought, feeling, and action as well as not being tainted by sin, which is passed down through the blood line of one’s father. Thus the need for a virgin birth and a Second Adam that would live sinlessly so that His merit could be imputed unto those who would/will trust in Him, His death (which was not required as He was sinless and spotless) in their stead, and His resurrection in their stead. This is the manner and foundation upon which God will justify sinners and save them from their sin and all it’s penalties.
“Why does He allow bad things to happen to babies and children?”
These are the facts…the world is a fallen place and humanity is a fallen and depraved world. Fallen man will procreate and some will abuse their young in terrible ways. This is the way of the fallen world…it just is. One cannot give a reason why God allows bad things to happen to the young in every individual case but in general, while many children will endure suffering at the hand of parents, they will grow up and decide to use that bad for good and some will not. Some will use that bad as an excuse to keep the cycle of depravity going. Some will grow and come to God and will use their time of suffering to help a great many persons, see Joyce Meyer. Some times it is the aweful that makes a person truly good. I said not all answers would be helpful.
Why does God allow horrible things to happen to His own people?
There are a few answers to this question.
- God allows ungodly men who will remain ungodly to fill up their own cups with sin, thereby earning the wages of God’s great and Holy wrath upon them for all eternity. This is Biblical. The passage that reads, “If God be for you, who can be against you” is a great comfort to a great many, however, if you want to understand this truth better you must look at the negative aspect… If God be against you, who can be for you?
- God knows the heart of His people. He knows that His people are honoured to suffer for Him, His sake, and for the sake of righteousness. For we say, “We are led to the slaughter…for [T]hee.
- God is a “BIG picture God.” He knows that the suffering of this life cannot compare to the joys and pleasures that are to come in Eternity and so do those that suffer and so will those that will be called to suffer. Read the accounts of those martyred for the Sake of Christ…instead of fear there is inspiration, hope, and honour to those blessed to suffer and endure pains for the sake of their Christ.
- We that believe look forward, like Peter and the other Apostles to suffering in the service of our great Master. In times of persecution the Church has only grown and only grown stronger.
- Those who are honoured with the call to suffer are those who have already died to self and sin. They know that to suffer for a short time in this life is to gather a much greater treasure in the world to come.
- Undoubtedly to suffer for Him here is to receive there His, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of Thy Lord, which has been prepared for you since the foundation of the earth.” “and so shall [we] forever be with the Lord.