Scripturally Based Answers For life's Questions
Answer- ¿WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE?
This is probably the most asked question in relation to life and religion. One could also ask this question in the opposite manner: why do good things happen to bad people? That would bring another question to the table—do we believe there are bad people? This is probably one of the main questions concerning the matter. If we believe that mankind is altogether good, then we believe that only a small percentage of people do bad things because bad things have been done to them. They themselves were abused or mistreated, and therefore their actions are excused. Or, people do bad things because of a medical condition. If we can just get them under medication, they will be fine.
Let me ask you a question, have you ever done something bad to a good person? I have, sometimes knowingly and other times unknowingly. My wife Natalia is one of the greatest people I have ever known, but I have been bad to her on occasions. Hopefully, these are just individual acts and not a pattern in my life. The question is, does that make me bad? Well, one thing I know for sure is that I am not the epitome of good. I am bad to an extent, and therefore some bad comes from me; it is my fault. To what do we trace bad? If mankind is the very essence of good, then bad must be traced back to a disease (but how, or where did that comes from?) or the devil or God. We are just simply the objects of bad, not the cause. It is logical to blame God; it even seems fair.
We (all the mankind) have made the conclusion that logic and fairness are the standards that life must be judged by. Where did the idea ever come from that human logic is to determine the ways and purpose of life? What about fairness, where does such an idea come from? Fairness is generally just a philosophy that we adopt and then adapt to our liking. Nowhere in history has there ever been a time when the standard for fairness was ever established. Why? Because it is just a philosophy, not a fact of life. Faith and justice are the standards set by God, and they have always been right in holding the rules for life. Faith establishes the fact that life is not yet just, but one day it will be. All things will be judged righteously, and justice does not keep bad things from happening, but makes the right judgment and will determine the fitting consequences. Not only do I know that faith and justice are the standards set for life because God told me, but I see that in everyday life.
The Bible says in Click-I Corinthians 1:20, Where are those that have life supposedly figured out? Even the wise have the same questions without answers. The scribes, where are they? The man made religions of the world have no answers. Jesus spoke with the religious enforcers and said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone”Click-Matthew 23:23. They did the right things according to their own determination and called themselves good thereby, but they totally misjudged life because they left out the most important things. Jesus says that they missed the mark in faith, mercy, and judgment or justice. What about the disputers? The ones that use logic as their rule, what answer do they have? None. God has thrown many monkey wrenches into the human race and into the world we live in. He has thrown monkey wrenches into all the things we believe are the epitome of life, things we believe we are the supreme form of life; we are gods (supreme beings) and can determine good and evil, right and wrong. Any mistreatment is from another source. God warned about this when Adam and Eve sinned. First Satan enticed them with that fact, and then God concluded that people now believed they were in the position to set the rules for life, they had become like gods.
What about disease and death? God said that they would be ruling this world until redemption was fully established. When we expect them, we are not so shocked by them. We generally do not hear complaining from those who have had a seemingly unfair advantage or those that have no logical explanation for their success and well-being, but we only hear the question, why do bad things happen to good people? We should practice fairness—if we both worked, we should both get paid, we should both eat. While walking, it is logical to place one foot on the ground before one picks up the other. Fairness and logic have their place in life, and mercy makes it so much better for all, but to use them to judge life is unfair and not logical. To believe that physical death is the end of it all brings so many questions and no answers, but we were designed to have faith in God as the explanation for life. And knowing that things are not okay, but God has a justice system in place that will ultimately and righteously judge all people and the devil, that is hope. If all things were well now there would be no place for judgment and justice, but God has promised that all things will be well one day, and every aspect of life confirms that. This world is a mess, and as we seek to fix it we just seem to make it worse, but God has done something about it—He sent a Redeemer, and He is even now doing something about it. Why would we complain to Him when He is the one doing something about it?
I say this as a person that has been treated unfairly, no, not as having been taken advantage of or having been abused but as having received much more and much better than I deserve. I have sought to give, help, and proclaim liberty in Christ with all I have—that is not fair, that is a privilege, for God redeemed me out of my deep, deep sin and transformed my life. Why would I want fair? You can know God, just
repent and believe in Jesus.