Why Does a Loving God Let Bad Things Happen To Good People?
I hear and get asked this question A LOT. And, honestly, I wouldn’t have been able to answer this question a year ago. Until, I saw this video of a clip from a sermon.
The Pastor said the way he responds to this question is by telling the person asking the question, “I will not answer you until you ask me the question correctly. Then will I only give you an honest answer.” When they clearly don’t understand the question, he answers “The question you should be asking is, ‘How could a loving, Holy, Merciful, Perfect God let you live and wake up from a nights sleep to see day again, knowing what you have done in the past.'”
If you still don’t understand, he is saying “God is letting you live another day, even though you have sinned and you DO NOT deserve to live another day.”
That personally hit home for me, and made me stop and think. Yet, for some people it makes no difference, and they keep arguing to argue their way around it.
“I am a good person though, I have not committed murder, I’ve only lied a couple of times and they were only little tiny white lies!”
This is the first response I typically get. I’m a good person. Are you really though? Yeah, you might try to live to be the best possible you, and you certainly haven’t murdered anyone. Not to mention, you are certainly a better person then the guy you’re sitting right next to you! I mean have you heard what hes done!?! He lied to his own mother, he shoved that little boy, and most importantly HE’S the one who stole the last cookie! Okay, so maybe not that ridiculous but that’s pretty much what I hear when people tell me their better than him…Truth is NOBODY is good. It doesn’t matter what you have done or are currently doing, you are not good. The Bible clearly states, “ …none is good, save one, that is, God.” (Luke 18:19 KJV). That is all that needs to be said about that period.
Or the other famous response, “Well, why does he let horrible things happen to people in general?”. I never understood why several people have asked me this RIGHT after I just basically explained as much as I could to pretty much the same question.
I answer with a single statement, and the conversation typically ends right there. “When were put in so-called ‘horrible’ situations, and we seem to be a low as we can go, where else do we have to look for answers but up?” We look up to God in desperate situations whether we believe or not.
If at all you have anymore questions that you would like answered, please feel free to email me and I will try to answer to the best of my knowledge. Feedback of any sort is welcome, as well as your own thoughts and opinions! I love to hear from other people’s stories and point of view.
May God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Day 🙂