“Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?


One of the first things that a new Christian should understand about his new life and living it out, is that, by nature, he is not a good person. This should become especially clear to him when he begins to view himself by the Bible – God’s Holy standard – The very Words of God. In fact, such honest objectivity begins to shape his thinking.

So, an important indicator of whether someone has truly become a Christian is that he no longer thinks much of himself, but now, instead, thinks and makes much of the God, who has saved him from eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46; Colossians 1:13-14), by raising him from the dead (Colossians 2:13; 3:1-3; having forgiven all of his sins - past, present, and future). Indeed, he has now come to see, by God’s grace, that he is a sinner, saved purely by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-10), who is also the glad recipient of eternal life (John 3:16; 10:10; 17:3). His self-worth comes now from who he is in Christ – an adopted son of the living God – “He predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:5-6); and “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1). Therefore, the Bible necessarily redefines everything about the child of God, including how he is to prioritize and function each day in his new life (Colossians 1:18; 3:4). And this new child of God embraces his new worldview with joy (2 Corinthians 5:17), because, he is learning to see himself and the world around him, through the lens of God’s Word. Of course, the world’s system still believes the exact opposite – namely, that all men are basically good. However, the new Christian now responds to such foolish-talk by asserting with Jesus that, “only God is good” (Matthew 10:18, “And Jesus said to him, why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone”). Further, this new saint now understands that whatever comes his way in life, whether good or bad, has been sovereignly designed by God, for his personal good and God’s ultimate glory. Thus, when the religionist or the secularist cries out, why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? He now responds to them by asking, “is not the better question, why does God ever allow good things to happen to bad people?” Indeed, he concurs to himself, “now that’s an amazing truth to ponder!” Wow …O may God enable us all to think and live in this sin-saturated world with this God-centered perspective. In this way, we will be able to strengthen our brethren (Luke 22:31-32). I now leave you with some very helpful words from late Dr. John Gerstner, “The real difficulty is the problem of pleasure. While in a sinful world, pain is to be expected, and pleasure is not to be expected. We should be constantly amazed at the presence of pleasure in a world such as ours.” Amen …


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