WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH BAD STUFF HAPPENING TO GOOD PEOPLE?
This oft-repeated question says nothing about God, but everything about human beings.
Here are some good resources to help answer the question “Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?” or inversely, “Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?”
Pain Awakens Us to God
While it’s neurotic rather than Christian to welcome suffering, and no intelligent and comprehending Christian would welcome suffering for its own sake, the Bible actually makes it quite clear that faith in Jesus Christ does not guarantee a good life, but a perfect eternity. Indeed, there is more prediction in Scripture of a struggle on earth for the believer than there is of gain and success. There may be Christian sects that promise material wealth and all sorts of triumphs in exchange for faith, but this is a non-Christian, even an anti-Christian bargain, and has never been something that orthodox Christianity would affirm. Christians believe that this life on earth is only the land of shadows and that real life hasn’t yet begun. So yes, bad things happen to good people.
If you already trust the Lord and are struggling with personal battles, please take 46 minutes to watch this excellent sermon: