Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Q and A: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Question: "Your a full/born again Christian right? My question-do you think EVERYTHING happens for a reason or some things? Y do some of the worst things imaginable happen to the Best of Christians and the most Decent of people and other people (like tom cruise) whom are Not christians get what they want/when they want?"

Answer: Thanks for the question. I'm glad to answer it. Yes, I am a born again Christian. Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose." So does everything happen for a reason? Yes. But the reason something happens is not always because God wants it to happen. God has given people the ability to make choices and with choices comes consequences for decisions we make that can sometimes affect innocent people in a negative way. Romans 2:11 "There is no partiality with God." Since there is no partiality with God that means that a Christian most endure pain and suffering just like everyone else. In Luke 13:4-5 Jesus makes reference to a tower that fell and killed 18 people and explains that this did not happen because they were worse sinners than the people who were not killed. In reference to your comments about Tom Cruise and other people like him, consider the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus found in Luke 16:19-31. The Rich Man lived a luxurious life getting whatever he wanted whenever he wanted it. Lazarus was a poor man who suffered through life. When they died, Lazarus was in paradise and the rich man was in torment. My point is that we will all give an account to God for our lives. Things may not seem fair now, but in the end God is just. The entire book of Job in the Bible is about a righteous man who went through severe pain and suffering because Satan thought it would cause him to stop serving God. God knew better, and allowed Satan to put him to the test. The same can happen to us today. It is important for us to follow God in the good times and the bad. 
- Charles Steiner

1 comment:

  1. Charles,

    Thanks for pointing out the difference between a "Cause & Effect" reason and a God designed reason.