You know the infamous question that the world asks in response to poverty, death, and diseases; “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” That question causes a pit to form in my stomach, for I have many thoughts on this short, but big question that needs to be answered. I was watching a sermon on this very question late last night, and I truly want to dig into this conversation, for the world keeps getting further away from God as we speak. As mentioned, in the world we live in, God is normally blamed for poverty, diseases, deaths, and so forth, yet no one dare blames Satan for anything, for we only focus on the blaming the innocent rather than the guilty.
However, today, I want to break down, or “debunk,” such a question and truly unpack the words spoken when asking such a question, for this question is problematic, it is contradicting, and it truly shows hypocrisy when asked by the world.
There is no such thing as as a “good person,” for none are good due to sin.
“As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.” Romans 3:10-12
“Why does God allow bad things to happen to ‘good people,’” you may ask? First off, show me a good person. List people who you think are good and give me reasons on why they are good by explain their character, their personality, their work ethic, and the “good things” they have done. However, though you may tell me how good these people are, the Bible says none are good, no not one; therefore, that list you made is now invalid, for none of them are good regardless of how “squeaky clean” they are, for salvation is based on faith, not works or good deeds.
However, when looking back over the list of potential names, remember how that one person lied to you and broke your trust, or what about the other person who said hurtful things to you? Are they truly good? Have they been good every moment of their lives? No, for though they give off the appearance of good, their hearts are filled with sin, and due to sin, we are tainted from being good, which is what Christ died in the first place.
“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
If there was one good person on this earth, then Jesus would not of had to die such a gruesome death, but since no one on this earth has the right to claim that they are “good” or “righteous,” Jesus died so that through Him, we are made whole. Therefore, the very question of, “Why does bad thing happen to good people,” is false due to no one being good, for none are good.
Bad things happen because of our sin, not God’s Glory
“Why do bad things happen to good people?” The short answer, sin. It is not God’s fault that bad things happen, for He told Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of good and evil, but due to their disobedience, sin infiltrated the earth; therefore, who is truly at fault? God or mankind? God warned Adam and Eve, but Adam and Eve did not listen; therefore, due to that sin, we now have sinful effects from the fall.
We have poverty because to sin, we have diseases because of sin, we have famine because of sin, and everything that we see today is a direct result of sin; therefore, it is not God’s fault this is happening, for God created the world without sin, but it was because of mankind that brought sin into he world.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
However, the world still blames God by shaking their fists. They proclaim, “Why God, why do you do this” as they see the evil happening, yet our very sin is what is causing this evil to happen, the result of our sinful nature is why there is darkness, and the darkness of the world is the reason for the bad things, not God. In fact, due to the grace of God, He gave us a way out, a way to salvation and redemption, for when we were still sinners He still loved us; therefore, where do we have room to blame a loving God? It was our sin that placed Him on the cross, yet He was loving and graceful enough to suffer so that you and I would not have too.
The world is quick to blame God and point fingers, but what if God turned the tables and asked, “Why do you sin against me” or “Why do you reject me” to the world? What would we say if God asked the world, “Why do you hate me when I loved you enough to die for you?” What would we say to the Almighty God who gave us grace when we did not deserve it? Imagine the shame we would feel if God began to point fingers at the world like the world does at Him?
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
This can be a hard pill to swallow, but though our sin is great, God is greater. He washes away our sins, He cleanses us, and He makes our hearts new again, but for the world too say God is to blame for the bad things when God died for us is pure blasphemy. God did not ask Adam and Eve to sin, God did not have to die for us, but He wanted too for He loves us and has grace for us, and God did not ask us to follow Him, but He gave us freewill so that we would want too.
Yet the world repays God by pointing their fingers at the one who is perfect; however, He has gone through that before. Jesus had people yelled “Crucify Him” even though He was without sin. He was betrayed, He was spit on, He was mocked, and He was questioned for us. He went through such suffering so that you and I could live in the presence of His freedom, in the freedom of His love, and in the mercy of His grace. Therefore, Jesus was questioned even then, and the world has still not learned that the man who died on the cross was an innocent man; however, death did not win, for Jesus defeated the grave an declared victory.
Yes, the bad things in the world make my heart break, but I refuse to blame God, for when I see the bad things happening, I see sin. I see the sin of the world in these tragedies, not God, for what does light have to do with darkness? I see Satan laughing every time someone blames God, I see Satan gawking, and I can only imagine the party Satan throws when he sees such horrible things happening, yet he is never blamed.
The serpent who tempted Eve is not blamed, but God is. The serpent who tempted Eve to take a bite and then give it to Adam is forgotten, but God is blamed. Satan, the prince of lies, the lover of evil, and the lover of sin and darkness is not being blamed for the tragedies, but God is. Do you see how wrong the world has it?
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20
It is not shocking that the world views good as “evil” and evil as “good.” God, perfect in all of His ways, is always blamed. The same God who made a way when there was no way, is the same God who is blamed for the world’s problems, the world does not blame themselves or Satan. The problem with the world, is that the world refuses to take responsibility for their sins, so they have to find someone to blame it on, and they have chosen to blame God.
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
Therefore, to answer “Why does God allow bad things happen to good people,” It is because of our own sin that bad things happen, not because of the righteousness of God. It is because of the darkness of the world and the one who roams the world, not God. If the world would turn to God, then we would see less things happening, for we would lay our burdens at His feet, but due to the pride of the world, only few walk the narrow, and may walk the wide.
Bad things happen because this world is an enemy of God, not a friend
“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” James 4:4
In the end, the reason why bad things happen is because the world is an enemy of God, not a friend. The world continues to go more left than right, the world continues to find fault with God, and the same world who hates God ends up blaming God in the end. How ironic is that? The world wants nothing to do with God, yet when tragedy strikes, the world is quick to blame God.
The world tells God, “We do not want you,” yet when something horrid happens, the world yells, “God where were you?” We live in a hypocritical world where society lives by one thing, yet speaks another. We in a world where society wants God one minute, yet wants Him gone the next, and we have politicians who hate the Word of God, but if the Word of God can “help their liberal views,” then they use it for their gain.
It is truly sickening; every moment of it. It reminds me of a rope being pulled one way or the other. Some moments, the rope goes to the other side, and then other moments, the rope goes to the opposite side. God is being pulled in and out of conversations, God is either being blamed or praised, and God is either being silenced or heard, yet the same world has the audacity to ask God, “Why are bad things happening” when the world placed an innocent man on the cross.
The world is so blind, that the world truly believes that God is the enemy when it is them that are not a friend of God. The world is so blind that Satan has become the “good guy” as God has become the “villain,” which is so vile and wrong, for God is perfect and Holy, and will never be defeated or mocked.
Another “debunking” answer to the question,”Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people,” would be that the world has kicked God out and is considered an “enemy.” The world wants nothing to do with God, so how can the world want God’s protection and mercy when they want Him gone?
In shorter words, the next time someone asks, “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people,” remember three things: No one is good, God created the world without sin, but it was due to mankind that sin entered the world, and the same world that asks that question, is the same world who is an enemy of God who thinks He should be silenced.
Therefore, with that in mind, who is really to blame for the “bad things?” Does the world continue to blame God, the one who has brought us redemption and grace by shedding His blood, or do we blame our sinful nature? In the end, the answer is clear; it is due to our sin that bad things occur, for this world is filled with sin and will one day dissolve like snow, but sadly, until that day comes, the world will continue to choose to blame God, for this world does not want to realize that their sin was the very sin that placed the Son of God on the cross, for if the world were to realize that our sin is to blame for placing the Son of God on the cross, they would not dare ask God, “Why do bad things happen to to good people,” for none of us are worthy of asking such a question to the Almighty God who brought us salvation.