Sunday, September 8, 2013
Why do bad things happen to good people? Unless you make a concerted effort to seek God personally and study the Bible, there will never be a satisfactory answer to that question (it is a tough one even for those who do have faith). If anything, it's the perfect excuse to seek God rather than write Him off. The Bible actually makes it quite clear that faith in Jesus Christ and in Christianity does not guarantee a good life, but a perfect eternity. Our 80 or so years on earth is rather insignificant compared to forever - but what we do with that blink of time is enormous in the big scheme of things. One has to understand that man has been granted free choice in all earthly matters including moral behavior. Unfortunately, that means evil will exist and bad things will happen. Life is only meaningful because we have the right to choose...the ability to learn from mistakes, the chance to succeed, and from time to time - experience pain and suffering. The difference between being programmed for goodness and choosing it is precisely what makes being good significant. The brutal truth of the matter is - In God's view, even the best person on earth today still has sin in his life. The only person that lived an earthly life without sin was Jesus Christ, yet even he suffered a horrible death - in order to give all sinners a chance at forgiveness and eternal life.
An Excerpt from When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
"Life is not fair. The wrong people get sick and the wrong people get robbed and the wrong people get killed in wars and in accidents. Some people see life's unfairness and decide, 'There is no God; the world is noting but chaos.' Others see the same unfairness and ask themselves, 'Where do I get my sense of what is fair and what is unfair? Where do I get my sense of outrage and indignation, my instinctive response of sympathy when I read in the paper about a total stranger who has been hurt by life? Don't I get these things from God? Doesn't He plant in me a little bit of His own divine outrage at injustice and oppression, just as He did for the prophets of the Bible? Isn't my feeling of compassion for the afflicted just a reflection of the compassion He feels when He sees the suffering of His creatures?' Our responding to life's unfairness with sympathy and with righteous indignation, God's compassion and God's anger working through us, may be the surest proof of all of God's reality."