Why do bad things happen to good people?

United States
April 24, 2007 11:51pm CST
A 12 year old you know slightly but not well who's mom just died walks up to you and says, "Where is God in all this?" What do you say? I've spent some time as a hospital chaplain, I'd be interested in hearing new ideas about this.
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@edujccz (929)
• Philippines
25 Apr 07
I know that the 12 year old child is a good child but can you be sure that the parents are good. Do they pray? Do they recognized God. Well , we dont know. In todays world, many people simply live because they have everything in the world, but we dont know if they have God. Now, we give the brunt to God again? Just my opinion..
• United States
25 Apr 07
So bad things only happen to bad people?
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@edujccz (929)
• Philippines
25 Apr 07
No, bad things happen to everyone but if we pray, we leave everything to him. we trust Him and not afraid of what we do, we learned to accept. Wasn't it better that you are praying, meaning that you are aware of this world, that there is bad thing and evil somewhere and there are things that you cannot do, but believing on someone can do it better than you ,why not ask him for protection and guidance than nothing at all. Wasn't it better that we know how to give thanks rather than not giving thanks at all. If so, is it better to be bad than to be good one. Just my opinion.
@maumbi (2571)
• Indonesia
25 Apr 07
so what can i say is, this people not have faith in this world to live, never read bible, never pray, so if something bad happen comes they will shock,scream like a baby, blame another people, blame she or he lives, and blame GOD! wow amazing, human in only blame and protest, not to say "hei thanks for this life so far" or " i am happy with my live now what ever is" and so on. so the key is, our self.
• United States
25 Apr 07
Actually I know plenty of good Christians who grieve their losses, and as not grieving is incredibly unhealthy, that isn't what I was asking for. Please respond to the post. I gave you a negative rating because you did not.
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@Springlady (4011)
• United States
26 Apr 07
Bad things happen to all people...good and bad. The difference is that those who know Jesus as Lord and Savior have an awesome faith and the knowledge that God will see them thru. I don't understand why God allows bad things to happen...esp to His people, but He has a plan for every life. Sometimes we need to go thru a difficult time to realize how much we need the Lord. Sometimes God allows difficult times to help draw us closer to Him. One thing I know for sure...God will more than make up for those who seem to suffer unjustly in this world.
@vijigopi (991)
• United States
26 Apr 07
Well... I can't answer this from the Christian point of view. I am a Hindu and this is what I learned when I asked the same question? Hindus believe in reincarnation and the body they get in this birth has a specific number of effects due to past karma that they have to undergo including good and bad. They will have to undergo all that before they attain salvation. We generally seem to get the idea that Bad things happen mostly to good people only. You can say it is God's grace that bad things are happening to them!! They are finishing their suffering part with firm faith in God, which will help them endure their suffering and which also makes them more mature. There is much truth in the saying that "Suffering is a blessing". The more unpure gold is burnt in the fire, the more pure it becomes. Suffering teaches man a lesson more than anything else. It teaches man that life has a lot of pain in it and the earlier we seek to attain happiness through God, the better it is.
@stacyv81 (5906)
• United States
25 Apr 07
The best answer I have for this comes from the bible. It says we are heirs of Christ, and to share in his righteousness we must also share in his suffering. Bad things happen, it is the way life is, people get hurt, people die...all we can do is have faith that there is reason behind it. God is the almighty, and we have to trust in him, and believe that he knows what he is doing.